CNS is Celebrating 10 years!

 MINI VIRTUAL CONFERENCE SERIES  

Part 3: Nutrition in Diverse Populations


Date: Friday, March 26, 2021  
 
Chairs: Noreen Willows, PhD (University of Alberta) and Malek Batal, PhD (Université de Montréal)

The barriers to making diets more nutritious are many and often they are systemic in nature, going beyond an individuals’ ability to make the healthiest choice in food purchasing and preparation. Food insecurity - for example the inability to access an affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate diet - is one such barrier. Food insecurity is prevalent in Indigenous communities and among newcomer and refugee families. For Indigenous peoples, food insecurity is the result of past and present colonial policies and practices that constrain healthy food choices, diminish food sovereignty, and degrade ecosystems such that they can no longer support Indigenous hunting, fishing, trapping or agricultural traditions to the extent that they once could. For migrant groups, accessibility to cultural and religious foods may be problematic, and exacerbated by limited economic resources.

In this mini-conference, two strengths-based nutrition interventions in Indigenous communities will be described that focus on assets, resilience and protective factors among community members. With strengths-based interventions, Indigenous communities drive the process of intervention development, implementation and evaluation, rather than being passively guided by nutrition “professionals”. The experience of food insecurity among two migrant groups, Syrian refugees in Quebec and South Asians in Alberta, will be described and will highlight the relationship among food security and income, as well as the relevance of the cultural food environment. A panel discussion at the end will include food security practitioners working with vulnerable populations will discuss lessons learned and what more needs to be done.

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Agenda - All times ET

Presentations are given in English. Simultaneous translation using Wordly artificial intelligence is available. Click here for more information.

 

Friday, March 26, 2021
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

12:00 pm

Introduction

12:00 pm - 12:10 pm ET
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Speakers:  Noreen Willows, PhD - University of Alberta and Malek Batal, PhD - Université de Montréal

 

Session 1: Strengths-based nutrition interventions in Indigenous communities

12:10 pm

Syilx-led reintroduction of sockeye salmon into the Okanagan River Basin

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm ET 
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Speakers:  Rosanne Blanchet, PhD, RD - University of Alberta and Suzanne Johnson, MSc, RD - Okanagan Salmon and Our Health

12:40 pm

The Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program (IYMP): a Peer-led Healthy Living Afterschool Program 

12:40 pm - 1:10 pm ET 

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Speaker:  Kate Storey, PhD, RD - University of Alberta

1:10 pm

Interactive Q&A discussion

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm ET 

Moderator:  Malek Batal, PhD - Université de Montréal

1:30 pm

Break

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm ET

 

Session 2: Cultural food security in different migrant populations in Canada

1:50pm

High prevalence of food insecurity among Syrian refugees in Quebec

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm ET 
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Speaker:  Malek Batal, PhD - Université de Montréal

2:20pm

Diet Quality of South Asians in Alberta

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm ET
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Speaker:  Fatheema Begum Subhan, MPhil, PhD, RD - California State Polytechnic University Pomona

2:50pm

Interactive Q&A discussion

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm ET

Moderator: Noreen Willows, PhD - University of Alberta

3:10pm

Break

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm ET

 

Session 3: Interactive Panel Discussion

3:30pm

Setting the Stage: Innovative programs to provide healthy and affordable food to Canadians in need

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm ET
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Speakers: Morgan Allen - City Manager (Edmonton), Fresh Routes and Julia Tran, BSw - Community Resource Coordinator, Grocery Run Program

3:45pm

Setting the Stage: Nutrition intervention in Indigenous communities - Six Nations Health Services experience

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm ET
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Speaker: Kelly Gordon, RD, B.Sc (Nutri. Sci.) - Six Nations Health Services

4:00pm

Interactive Q&A discussion

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm ET

Moderator: Noreen Willows, PhD - University of Alberta and Malek Batal, PhD - Université de Montréal

4:20pm

Panel Discussion

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm ET

Speakers:  All

4:50pm

Closing Remarks

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm ET

Speakers: Noreen Willows, PhD - University of Alberta and Malek Batal, PhD - Université de Montréal

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