Eskasoni First Nation Heritage site. Photo by Kathleen Lindhorst.
The research is now available to the public, but the project is not over. Fediuk indicated that work related to finalizing the study recommendations are ongoing. This study has opened the door for future projects and it looks like the next chapter for the group that put together FNFNES is a focus on the nutrition and health of children and youth in First Nations communities. In terms of what this means for our work at Firelight and the work of other Indigenous organizations, Fediuk says that we have a much stronger baseline to support future work on the environment and traditional food systems of Indigenous peoples. As for Fediuk’s final thoughts on the study, she said, “I’m grateful to have been involved in the study … it stems from my original concern as a young dietitian, about the large differences in wellbeing between various citizens living in Canada, … and I think that was really compelling for many of us to get involved in this project.”