Access to traditional foods and practices within First Nations early-years centres can lead to positive cultural, spiritual, and health outcomes through adulthood. Often times, the legislative mandate of Environmental Health Officers and Community Care Licensing Officers impedes the ability of early-years facilities to provide traditional or culturally-appropriate foods. In 2016, the Provincial Health Services Authority partnered with the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society to understand circumstances that impact the use of high-protein traditional foods in these facilities. This presentation explores the findings of the study, and looks at the specific roles of Environmental Health Officers that affect the use of traditional foods, including specific examples from the work of BC’s First Nations Health Authority.
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Open: November 6, 2017