OTTAWA, June 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is
pleased to announce the results of the Manitoba (MB) regional report
from the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study (FNFNES).
The MB regional report is the second regional report to be released
after the results for BC were released last year.
The FNFNES is a ten-year, Health Canada funded partnership between the
AFN, Université de Montréal and University of Northern British Columbia
with participant First Nations. Data was collected from nine randomly
selected First Nations communities in MB in 2010.
The report contains information on MB First Nations' diet and
nutritional quality, contaminants in traditional foods, trace metals in
household water, pharmaceuticals in source water and mercury in hair.
First Nations communities were randomly chosen and sampled according to
ecozone so that the results released in this report will be
representative for MB First Nations communities.
This study finds that traditional foods support good health and that
diet is greatly improved when wild game, fish and locally harvested
fruits, berries and vegetables are eaten by First Nations people in
MB. However, First Nations in MB continue to experience problems with
obesity, food security issues and a number of barriers have been
identified that inhibit access to traditional foods.
In this study, chemical environmental contaminants in traditional foods
were found at typically levels and do not warrant concern for health.
Trace metals in drinking water, pharmaceuticals in surface water and
mercury in hair were also not of overall concern although close
monitoring is recommended.
Community participatory research has guided FNFNES from the start and
all participant First Nations in FNFNES were treated as full partners
in the study and owners of their data.
The report was officially released today during the Assembly of Manitoba
Chiefs' Annual General Assembly at Swan Lake First Nation.
A copy of the report will be available at: www.fnfnes.ca
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