OTTAWA, May 6 /CNW/ - The Assembly of First Nations announced today that
an ongoing study of nutrition and food and water safety will be brought
to First Nations communities in Ontario. The First Nations Food, Nutrition, and Environment Study (FNFNES) will document both the nutritional benefits of First Nations
diets and food and water as well as the impacts caused by exposures to
environmental contaminants and, as such, is a welcome source of
much-needed information for Ontario First Nations.
"The First Nations Food, Nutrition, and Environment Study will help shed light on the concerns our citizens have here in Ontario
regarding contamination of water and traditional foods and will explore
the health benefits of maintaining a traditional diet. This study will
provide valuable baseline data that First Nations can use now and in
the future," said AFN Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.
There are five general components to this study: household dietary
interviews, tap water sampling for trace metals, surface water sampling
for pharmaceuticals and their metabolites, hair sampling for mercury
exposure and traditional food sampling for nutrient and contaminant
The FNFNES aims to gather information from 100 randomly selected First
Nations communities across Canada about:
• Current traditional and store-bought food use
• Food security issues
• Traditional foods for nutrient values and contaminant content
• Trace metals in drinking water
• Pharmaceuticals and their metabolites in surface water
The FNFNES study, launched in British Columbia in 2008, has completed
research in 21 BC First Nations communities and produced a report
representative for BC First Nations as a whole. Data is still being
analyzed for the 9 First Nations communities in Manitoba who
participated and will be presented back to the communities once
completed. In Ontario, approximately 18 communities will be invited to
participate in the survey over a two year period starting this summer.
The research will be conducted in compliance with the principles of
OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession). The Assembly of
First Nations has partnered with the University of Northern British
Columbia and the Université de Montréal in this groundbreaking study.
For more information see: www.fnfnes.ca
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.
SOURCE ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS
For further information:
Alain Garon, Bilingual Communication Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-241-6789 ext. 382 or cell: 613-292-0857 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org