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FOOD INSECURITY

Food insecurity is a serious public health issue for Aboriginal people (First Nations [FN], Métis, and Inuit) living in Canada. Food security challenges faced by First Nations people are unique, especially for those living in remote and isolated communities. In Canada, 24% of Aboriginal households had a compromised diet (reduced quality and/or quantity), and 33% experienced food insecurity compared to 8.4% and 9%, respectively across the rest of Canada. Indigenous households in Canada are also more likely than non-Indigenous households to experience the sociodemographic risk factors associated with household food insecurity such as extreme poverty, single-motherhood, and reliance on social assistance. Yet, even after these factors are taken into account, Indigenous households remain at a much higher risk of household food insecurity and are more likely to be severely food-insecure. This is yet another problem facing our Indigenous communities and needs to be addressed. 

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This charity works in partnership with 26 Indigenous communities to support community-led food security. These initiatives increase access to good food and traditional food practices, and encouraging healthy eating to help reduce childhood hunger.

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