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ISBN (Print) : 978-1-77368-016-3 | ISBN (Online) : 978-1-77368-017-0

Traditional Aboriginal diets and health

January 2011

This review sheds light on chronic disease and a shift from traditional diets to western foods experienced among Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The review touches on health benefits associated with diets based on local plant and animal resources, and the challenges of promoting traditional dietary practices. It notes, for instance, that a third of James Bay Cree people embrace hunting and trapping as a way of life, that food sources are often determined by poverty and remote locations, and that broad policy initiatives can help promote country food and hunter support programs.


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