Aboriginal Health Dietitians

Aboriginal Health Dietitians Island Health

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

Project Examples

  • 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.


Cultural Safety and Food

Setting the table for a healthy food conversation


Tips for Living Well and Diabetes Prevention and Management

Living Well 
Healthy Eating Active Living 
Diabetes Balance Wheel 
Balance Your Plate 
Healthy drink ideas  
Sugary drinks - elders feedback


Nutrition for the Early Years

Healthy Eating for Babies - first year 
Fluids for babies 
Iron for babies and toddlers 
Vitamin D


Cooking and Budgeting

Delicious meal ideas 
Setting the table


Specific Nutrients

Iron and your health 
Iron in food 
Calcium and Vitamin D 
Vitamin B12

General Information on Aboriginal Health Dietitians

Referral Required?
Not required
Contact Us
North Island

Jessie Newman, RD
250-286-7100 ext. 67306
Fax: 250-286-7177
jessie.newman@viha.ca

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

South Island

Fiona Devereaux, RD
250-370-8258
Fax: 250-370-8200
Fiona.Devereaux@viha.ca 

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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