Challenges Facing Canada

Poverty and food insecurity are disproportionately high for Aboriginal children in Canada.

One in ten Canadian children is growing up in poverty. In 2014, 36.9% of food bank users were children under the age of 18 (although they make up only 21% of the population). One in FOUR Aboriginal children in Canada is growing up in poverty. In 2014, 13.6% of food bank users were Aboriginal (although they make up only 4% of the population). The Aboriginal population carries a disproportionate burden of nutrition-related illness, including nutritional deficiencies, childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Food insecurity for Aboriginal children (and adults) living on and off-reserve ranges from 21% to 83%, compared to 3% to 9% for non-Aboriginal Canadians.

Where We Are Going

Food Programs Canada

After-school programming with snacks! Manitoba, Canada © CFTC 2007

Expanding from feeding programs to nutrition and nutrition education.

Projects at Eel Ground First Nation (NB) and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation (ON) are establishing important baseline metrics and processes for community-based nutrition and nutrition education. CFTC is working collaboratively with agencies and Aboriginal leaders to address the issue of food insecurity. In-school, after-school and community-based breakfast and lunch programs continue and expand to include nutrition education for parents, teachers, cafeteria and health centre staff, and community leaders. CFTC’s Aboriginal Nutrition Program incorporates social, historical and political context to ensure it is culturally-appropriate, relevant and effective.

How We Are Getting There

Nutrition and nutrition education for children, parents, teachers and communities.

Mueni Udeozor Program Officer

Genevieve Drouin Regional Program Manager Americas

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Partners In Change

Working side-by-side with First Nations stakeholders to deliver targeted support.

Our 2014 Canadian partners include:
  • Alaqsite’w Gitpu, QC
  • Atelier 850, QC
  • Cape Croker Elementary School (Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation), ON
  • Eel Ground First Nation School, NB
  • Elsipogtog First Nation School, NB
  • Mah Sos School (Tobique First Nation), NB
  • Saddle Lake Boys and Girls Club, AB
  • Thompson Boys and Girls Club, MB
  • Toronto First Nations School, ON

How You Can Help Children In Canada

See Change In Action In Canada

The right to food in Canada

UN Special Rapporteur Olivier De Schutter presents his findings from his trip to Canada, calling for specific action to right food security inequities.

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Good eats at Cape Croker Elementary

CFTC is delighted to announce a new partnership with the 750 members of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation near Wiarton, ON.

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Food insecurity at home

To those families who live with hunger and food insecurity in Canada, UN Special Rapporteur Olivier de Schutter's findings from his trip to Canada were unsurprising.

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