Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Indigenous Peoples and Food

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_587



This entry discusses the food practices of Northern Indigenous peoples of Canada and the United States, specifically, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in Northern Canada, and Alaskan Natives in the United States. It includes Indigenous peoples living in the geographic regions of the North American Arctic and Subarctic. Indigenous peoples of Canada and the United States have historically relied on a diet comprised primarily of traditional foods. The traditional food system refers to “all food within a particular culture available from local natural resources and culturally accepted. It also includes the sociocultural meanings, acquisition/processing techniques, use, composition, and nutritional consequences for the people using the food” (Kuhnlein and Receveur 1996, p. 418). Traditional foods vary by season, geography, and cultural group (Earle 2013) and are also...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public Health and Health SystemsUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Community Based ResearcherSydneyAustralia