UN Special Rapporteur on right to food, Olivier de Schutter, releases findings from his May 6-16 visit to Canada. “What I’ve seen in Canada is a system that presents barriers for the poor to access nutritious diets and that tolerates increased inequalities between rich and poor, and aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples.”1
Child poverty in Canada is a bigger problem than any of us would like to admit. Did you know that ONE IN FOUR Aboriginal children live in poverty?2 Furthermore, Aboriginal children in Canada endure health, education and housing at levels usually associated with impoverished developing countries.
You can help by supporting our National Aboriginal Nutrition Program.
Who Benefits: Children living in high-poverty areas, with a special focus on First Nations children.
Challenges: Devastating poverty in First Nation communities has resulted in health problems unique to First Nations children. Diabetes, for example, is now considered a pandemic among Aboriginal peoples.
The Solution: Canadian Feed The Children works with local partners to improve childhood nutrition, such as the school breakfast and lunch program at Eel Ground First Nation School (see video).
Many of the programs have an educational component that extends to the children’s families and the larger community. Overall, these programs benefit more than 6,000 children.
How You Can Help: These programs cannot run without the support of generous Canadians. Donate Today!
“The meal program is truly helping to reduce the issues that plague First Nations’ communities – like diabetes, obesity, and other eating concerns. The youth are our future, and the future is beginning to look a little brighter as these kids get what they need to develop into positive members of the community.”
Stacey Harrison, Program Coordinator, Saddle Lake Boys and Girls Clubs
For more information about this project contact Cheryl Weldon.