Indigenous Food Systems, Environment and Health
- Course Number
- 5500 (Indigenous Health)
This course introduces students to Indigenous peoples’ food, nutrition, and health issues. Using the concept of food security as a framework, food availability, accessibility, adequacy, and acceptability will be discussed in the context of historical and current Indigenous food systems. Indigenous peoples’ traditional territories are being transformed by settlers and by global economic, social and environmental influences. This course will provide an overview of food systems and health issues by focusing on traditional and local food systems of Indigenous peoples, how these are changing with global influence, and the links to nutrition and health disparities.
Traditional food systems are comprised by foods which are produced from the local environment using traditional Indigenous knowledge and reinforced by Indigenous cultural identity and sovereignty. Students will explore traditional and local food systems and the forces that are shaping the food choices and patterns in Indigenous communities, as well as examining cultural identity and self-determination. Students will explore the shifting dietary intakes and their impact on Indigenous populations (i.e., obesity and Type 2 diabetes). Critical analysis of how nutrition issues fit into public health policy and healthy public policy are necessary. Students will be able to characterize cultural, social, environmental, political and economic factors that have and continue to have influence on Indigenous food systems.
methods of assessment
Food System Intervention Critique: 20%
Student Presentation: 40%
Research Paper: 40%
|Week 1||Introduction and Review of Syllabus|
|Week 2||Introduction to food policy development in Canada|
|Week 3||Traditional Food Systems|
|Week 4||Sustainable Agriculture & Indigenous Environments|
|Week 5||Food Security|
|Week 6||Food, Culture and Market Foods|
|Week 7||Healthy Food Environments|
|Week 8||Student Presentations|
|Week 9||Economies, place and Indigenous food systems|
|Week 10||Climate Change & Human Rights|
|Week 11||Environmental Factors affecting food systems|
|Week 12||Indigenous health, food and environment|
CHL5520H Indigenous Health should be taken concurrently or before this course.