Aboriginal Health has two full-time dietitians who offer nutrition and health services to North Island and South Island Indigenous communities on Vancouver Island.
Aboriginal Health Dietitians work to improve nutrition and food security in Indigenous communities in the North Island and South Island by:
- Supporting self-determined community food projects such as traditional food programs, food skills and cooking programs, food access and recovery programs, youth programs, elders programs and health events
- Facilitating group discussions around key approaches to food and nutrition for healthy living and chronic disease prevention (e.g. diabetes, heart health, cancer, nutrition for the early years)
- Building relationships and capacity around food and nutrition by linking to funding resources and tools
- Supporting community health workers and community members with food and nutrition information and resources
- Creating cultural safety around food. Helping to create community networks and advocating for food organizations and local governments to include Indigenous knowledge holders, foods and ecosystems in their planning and programming
- Advocating for the voice and health of Indigenous people and communities
- Linking communities to health services
- Recipes, budgeting and cooking resources
- Food Gatherings
- Food Literacy including food skills
- Food and Garden Resource Directory
- Train the Trainers
- Food boxes, food skills and more
What is Food Security?
Food security means having access to safe, culturally acceptable, affordable and nutritious food. The principles of food security are self-determination, sustainability, self-reliance and social justice.
If you would like to learn more about food security and traditional food systems please go to: http://www.indigenousfoodsystems.org/food-sovereignty
To learn more about other VIHA Food Security initiatives click here: http://www.viha.ca/mho/food/food_security/Community+Food+Action+Initiative.htm
For access to one-on-one Dietitian counselling services please contact your family physician for a referral or call Health Link at 811.