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The Gwich’in and Their Indigenous Foods

In this video, Tetlit Zheh community members talk about using radio to connect with the community and to share traditional knowledge, information about hunting, and indigenous food recipes. The community also incorporated school programs, youth camps and elders teachings about indigenous food and active living into their project. Interviews with community members and elders share more about eating indigenous food, cultural practices, and the changes that are taking place. Through this initiative, the community became more connected, including the youth and the elders, as they shared information about indigenous foods.   The Hamlet of Fort McPherson or Tetlit Zheh, as it is also known, is the oldest of the Mackenzie delta communities in the Northwest Territories (Spectacular Northwest Territories 2012). Community members speak both Gwich’in (a Dene language) and English. 
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Nunavik Food Guide

The Inuit and their Traditional Foods

The remote Hamlet of Pangnirtung on Baffin Island in Nunavut is home to approximately 1400 Inuit. In 2008, the community was involved in a Traditional Foods Project, including a video. In the video, community members and Elders stress the importance of passing on traditional knowledge as a way for youth to learn survival skills and increase local food security in face of rapid environmental change.   Eighty percent of adults still have traditional or country foods as a main part of their diet, and eat foods like rabbit, ptarmigan, caribou, seal and arctic char.  Only forty percent of youth eat traditional or country foods.  Many youth in Pangnirtung prefer to purchase foods that are high in carbohydrates, full of sugar and trans fats.  Community members, Elders, youth and community health specialists were interviewed to discuss the importance of promoting country food that promotes good health.  Health screenings of participating youth and adults helped determine the nutritional value of country foods.  
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