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Traditional First Nations foods

The traditional diet of First Nation people was a healthy diet. It provided what the body and mind needed for healthy development and living. It was high in animal protein, nutrients and “good fats” (Omega 3 fatty acids). It was low in animal (saturated) fats, sugar and salt which contribute to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions.

A traditional diet has other benefits:

  • Hunting, fishing and gathering are physically demanding; physical activity was part of the traditional lifestyle.
  • Living off the land connects people with nature. Close contact with nature promotes physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
  • Sharing food within First Nation communities was common, and an important example of First Nations values of sharing and cooperation.

At various times, concerns about contamination of fish and wildlife in Yukon have surfaced and research has been done to determine whether fish and wildlife are safe to eat. There is no evidence that any food should be avoided completely, or restricted.

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