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Exploring the Perceptions of and Experiences with Traditional Foods among First Nations Female Youth: A Participatory Photovoice Study

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Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada
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Six Nations Health Services, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0, Canada
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Department of Indigenous Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada
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School of Public Health and Health Systems, the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(7), 2214; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072214
Received: 28 February 2020 / Revised: 20 March 2020 / Accepted: 23 March 2020 / Published: 26 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Ecology and the Environment)
Traditional foods contribute to the health and well-being of Indigenous Peoples. Many Indigenous Peoples within Canada have expressed a desire to consume more traditional foods; however, there are a number of barriers to doing so. Southern and urban communities face unique challenges associated with traditional food consumption. To address these concerns and build on community interests in a Haudenosaunee community in Southern Ontario, a participatory research project was initiated. This community-based study utilized Photovoice methodology to explore the perceptions of and experiences with traditional foods among local youth. Participants ranging in age from 15–22 (n = 5) took photos of their local food environments, including locations where foods were acquired, consumed, prepared, or shared during two seasons of the year. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to collect participants’ stories behind 8–10 self-selected images. A thematic analysis was subsequently utilized to identify patterns and themes illustrated by the photos and interview content. The youth conveyed contextual understandings of traditional foods and a preference for these items, despite their limited consumption, preparation or harvesting of these foods. The youth also identified the important influence of families and communities on their individual perceptions and experiences with traditional foods. Recommendations to reduce barriers to traditional food choices among youth are made. View Full-Text
Keywords: traditional foods; Indigenous foods; traditional food systems; Indigenous food sovereignty; traditional knowledge; Indigenous youth; southern Ontario traditional foods; Indigenous foods; traditional food systems; Indigenous food sovereignty; traditional knowledge; Indigenous youth; southern Ontario
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Hanemaayer, R.; Anderson, K.; Haines, J.; Lickers, K.R.; Lickers Xavier, A.; Gordon, K.; Tait Neufeld, H. Exploring the Perceptions of and Experiences with Traditional Foods among First Nations Female Youth: A Participatory Photovoice Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2214.

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