Resources: Nutrition and Indigenous Health 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission estimates that many thousands of Indigenous children died while attending residential schools. The legacy of the residential school system affects almost every Indigenous family and the effect on communities is ever present. This includes the food and nutrition research practices that failed to protect the health and safety of residential school children.

On September 30, 2021 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – CNS hosted a special webinar, Out of the Darkness and into the Light, to learn about how government policies created conditions of malnutrition in Indigenous Peoples, and how Indigenous Peoples - including children - continue to be affected disproportionately by malnutrition and diet-related health problems. This webinar was an opportunity to acknowledge past harms and ongoing colonial practices that negatively impact the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples, and to learn how we can move forward knowing that there are many shining examples of fully participatory nutrition research projects that are occurring from a place of respect, honour, trust and collaboration. 

Moderated by Noreen Willows, PhD - Population and Public Health Nutrition, University of Alberta: "Colonizing research in Indigenous communities | Reconciliation through decolonizing research"

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Examples of participatory research: 
Indigenous Youth Mentorship program,
Alexander Research Committee,

Food sovereignty initiative
Salmon and our health project with Syilx Okanagan peoples. Webpage about this research on the Okanagan Nation Alliance website:

Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada:

Ian Mosby, PhD - Toronto Metropolitan University, Department of History: "Hunger, Human Experimentation and the Legacy of Residential Schools"

Dr. Mosby's presentation explored the history and legacy of a series of nutrition experiments conducted on nearly 1000 children in six residential schools between 1948 and 1952.

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Treena Wasonti:io Delormier, PhD, PDt  - McGill University, School of Human Nutrition: "Bridging capacity for ethical research with Indigenous communities: The Kahnawake School Diabetes Prevention Project Code of Research Ethics"

This presentation discussed how the Code of Research Ethics that was developed in 1994/5 guided the research program of the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project. The principles of the code was presented along with the protocols that are practiced ensuring research respects the interests and needs of the community, as well as the obligations of academic researchers.

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