FNHA: First Nations Perspective on Health & Wellness

“​​​The First Nations Perspective on Health and Wellness aims to visually depict and describe the First Nations Health Authority Vision: Healthy, Self-Determining and Vibrant BC First Nations Children, Families and Communities.”

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Traditional Foods and Indigenous Recipes in B.C.’s Public Institutions


This report summarizes a qualitative study of the barriers and facilitators to serving traditional foods and Indigenous recipes in public institutions in British Columbia (B.C.), with a focus on health care and post-secondary institutions.

Addendum resources


First Nations Health Authority (FNHA Website homepage)

  • Healthy Food Guidelines For First Nations Communities : A PDF of FNHA publication.”Our traditional foods have nourished us well since the time of our creation and have been of fundamental importance to our culture. …… These guidelines are intended to support community members in educating each other about better food and drink choices to offer in schools, meetings, homes, cultural and recreational events, and in restaurants.” (Intermediate, Middle School, High School)
  • Traditional Foods Fact Sheets


A Moon Inspired Menu:  Following a Lunar-Inspired Menu Means Eating Seasonal and Hyperlocal Ingredients.

Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide – First Nations, Inuit and Métis : An adaptation of Canada’s Food guide to include FNMI traditional foods.  This guide has been created in several aboriginal languages that can be downloaded in PDF format: Inuktitut ,  Ojibwe ,  Plains Cree ,  Woods Cree ,  English  Copies can also be ordered. (Primary, Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

All About Bannock:  The following resources offer the history of Bannock in the Canadian context.

Bannock (The Canadian Encyclopedia) :  Includes description, history and significance of bannock.

Bannock: A Brief History : CBC Radio program audio and script.  The Inuit call it ‘palauga,’ it’s ‘luskinikn’ to the Mi’kmaq, while the Ojibway call it ‘ba`wezhiganag.’ Whatever they call it, from north to south and coast to coast, just about every Indigenous nation across North America has some version of bannock. Most Indigenous families have their own unique recipes, which are passed down from generation to generation.

Making Bannock Video:  Watch Duran Tolley from Kitiagan Zibi Anishnabeg Nation and Chef Yannick LaSalle from Les Fougeres in Chelsea, Quebec, collaborate on a duck confit fry bread dish! Would you try it?

Making Bannock Video: “Bannock Queen” Rowena, from British Columbia. shows she makes bannock while sharing about her life and journey.

Social and Mental Well Being:

Wellness Resources for Families (shared by Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Education and Student Services)

Elder Explains the Origins of First Nations Seven Teachings (Video) : “Manitoba First Nation Elder Dave Courchene explains the origins and lessons of the First Nation Seven Teachings (Seven Sacred Teaachings).  The lessons of the Bear Spirit (Courage), the Beaver Spirit (Wisdom), the Eagle Spirit (Love), the Buffalo Spirit (Respect), the Sasquatch Spirit (Honesty), the Wolf Spirit (Humility) and the Turtle Spirit (Truth) are all retold in this 11 minute video in both English and Ojibway.” Although created in the context of a parenting program, the parts that explain the teachings are very powerful including a combination of Ojibwe and English, as well as visuals of each animal that represents a specific sacred teaching. (Middle School, High School, ProD)

Wellness, Two Eyed-Seeing and System Change : Dr. Evan Adams presentation at TEDx Powell River.  Award-winning Canadian actor, playwright and medical doctor, Evan Tlesla Adams is a member of the Tla’amin (Sliammon) First Nations from the Upper Sunshine Coast.