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This section contains information on various aspects of Indigenous health, with links to healthcare services.
Last Updated: Jun 27, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Aboriginal Healthy Living

The following resources offer information on living a healthy lifestyle with a particular focus on traditional Aboriginal diets.

  • First Nations Food, Nutrition & Environment Study
    From the University of Northern British Columbia, FNFNES will document both the nutritional benefits of First Nations diets and food and water as well as the impacts caused by exposure to environmental contaminants.
  • Well For Culture
    WELL FOR CULTURE is an alliance of like-minded Indigenous people from many Nations and all directions. We strive to lead healthy lifestyles because we recognize the importance of being physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually sound. We study and implement the health and wellness methods of our ancestors, meanwhile developing new approaches to contribute to this ancient and ongoing chain of knowledge. Through writings, stories, photographs, videos, and songs, Well For Culture seeks to teach and promote healthy lifestyles, re-Indigenized diets, Indigenized fitness methods, and mental-spiritual connectedness.
  • Indigenous Food Revolution
    A food blog maintained by an Indigenous academic sharing healthy recipes that honour Indigenous food philosophies.
  • Seeds of Native Health
    Seeds of Native Health is a multifaceted national campaign to improve Native American nutrition and is supported by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The effort includes grant-making, sharing of best practices, capacity-building, sponsored research, and educational initiatives.

Healthy Recipes & Cookbooks

These resources provide recipes that promote healthy living and draw upon Indigenous knowledge.

Aboriginal Diabetes

The following resources are dedicated to treating and preventing diabetes among the Aboriginal community, which has higher rates than the non-Aboriginal population.

  • Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (Health Canada)
    Established in 1999 by Health Canada, the goal of the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI), is to reduce type 2 diabetes among Aboriginal people by supporting health promotion and primary prevention activities and services delivered by trained community diabetes workers and health service providers.
  • National Aboriginal Diabetes Association
    NADA’s mission is to be the driving force in addressing diabetes and Aboriginal people as a priority health issue by working together with people, Aboriginal communities and organizations in a culturally respectful manner in promoting healthy lifestyles among Aboriginal people today and for future generations.
  • Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative
    The Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care for the development, and enhancement of programs and services focusing on the education, prevention, and management of diabetes in Aboriginal communities, both on and off-reserve. The high prevalence of diabetes in Aboriginal society has placed it among the top health priorities.

Food Safety at Home: Info For First Nations (Health Canada)

"The first of four videos from Health Canada providing information to First Nations on food safety. Check out this video and learn simple tips on how to handle food safely at home to protect yourself and your family."

Watch the other videos in these series:

Food Safety when Hunting and Gathering

Food Safety when Fishing

Food Safety for Community Events


Early Detection: The Path to a Good Life

"Cancer screening saves lives. Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy knows this first-hand as a colorectal cancer survivor himself. Through routine cancer screening, his cancer was found early so he could go on to live a Good Life. This informative video is a call to action for everyone to take responsibility for their health by getting screened for cancer."

View this video on the website:


Native New Health: Understanding Cancer

"So many families have been affected by that deadly enemy CANCER, Native New Health - Helps you to understanding this epidemic."


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