A healthy community is a community with a healthy culture, healthy food, and healthy connections between its members. All of these items are tied to Indigenous food and the ways in which Indigenous food brings community members together to gather, cook and consume nutritious and culturally important meals. Food is closely tied to the environment; a healthy environment can produce healthy foods. Eating less Indigenous foods can lead to decreased physical, mental and cultural health and wellbeing in Aboriginal communities. The less Indigenous foods that are eaten, the more the communities are in danger of losing the unique and incredible Indigenous Knowledge tied to these foods systems. CIER’s food strategy and projects are centered around food security and assisting First Nation communities to develop thriving food economies, and empowerment to manage their own food systems. Food secure communities will mean increased access to traditional and healthy foods to improve health, well-being and prosperity in First Nations.
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