Nutritious food harder to access in Indigenous communities, study finds – CBC

Researchers asked 1,000 people from 11 communities in N.S., N.B. and Newfoundland about health, diet

Oct 02, 2017

High rates of food insecurity, difficulties accessing traditional foods and water contaminated with trace metals and pharmaceuticals are prevalent among Atlantic Canada’s Indigenous communities, according to a new study.

In the fall of 2014, researchers asked more than 1,000 people from 11 communities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland about their health and diet.

“We should stress more the rights to food and that being a human right. We’re sad that Canada, a rich country, still allows these high rates of food insecurity to be occurring in particular communities,” said Dr. Malek Batal, one of the principal investigators in the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study.

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