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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 130945, 9 pages
Research Article

“We Are Not Being Heard”: Aboriginal Perspectives on Traditional Foods Access and Food Security

1Population and Public Health, Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver, Canada V6Z 2H3
2Heiltsuk Nation, Bella Bella, Canada V0T 1Z0
3Aboriginal Health, Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver, Canada V5Z 4C2
4Faculty of Health Science, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada V5A 1S6

Received 3 August 2012; Accepted 5 December 2012

Academic Editor: Habibul Ahsan

Copyright © 2012 Bethany Elliott et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aboriginal peoples are among the most food insecure groups in Canada, yet their perspectives and knowledge are often sidelined in mainstream food security debates. In order to create food security for all, Aboriginal perspectives must be included in food security research and discourse. This project demonstrates a process in which Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal partners engaged in a culturally appropriate and respectful collaboration, assessing the challenges and barriers to traditional foods access in the urban environment of Vancouver, BC, Canada. The findings highlight local, national, and international actions required to increase access to traditional foods as a means of achieving food security for all people. The paper underscores the interconnectedness of local and global food security issues and highlights challenges as well as solutions with potential to improve food security of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples alike.