Nutrition North Canada – Nutrition Education Program
The smell of a home cooked
meal wafts through the air
of this bustling room filled
with new mothers trying out a new recipe.
At the same time they’re learning more about how to
incorporate nutritious foods into their family’s daily diet.
Jennifer Wakegijig is a nutritionist and has been living
and working in the North for several years.
She says she’s noticing a gradual shift in lifestyle.
People who are used to eating traditional country food and
used to living on the land, there has been a huge transition
to people living more in urban places and the whole food supply has changed.
So sometimes people are looking
at the shelves at foods that
are not very familiar or
they may not have knowledge
or skills about how to choose
the best nutritious foods and
how to prepare them.
Today these women are cooking
tomato macaroni casserole.
Their workshop covers everything
from buying to cooking and
finally serving meals to their
families, important life skills
that will be handed down
The reality is that people
eat both store bought and
traditional foods so its really
knowing well how to choose from
the range of choices in the
store and how to bring that
together in a day eating
and store bought food.
Nutrition education as part of
Nutrition North Canada aims to:
Increase knowledge of
improve skills in choosing and
preparing healthy store bought
and country or traditional
Nutrition North Canada nutrition
education total funding
is $2.9 million each year
for fully eligible
First Nations and Inuit communities.
This class is all part of a new
Nutrition North Canada bringing
healthy, fresh and frozen foods
to isolated northern
Because making the food
accessible is one thing…
but its equally as important to
learn how to be creative with
the store bought and country
food available and prepare a
variety of healthy meals
for you and your family.
Nutrition North Canada replaces
the Food Mail Program.
For more information about
which foods are eligible,
your community subsidy rate
and related health promotion
programs log onto nutritionnorthcanada.gc.ca.