All in-person data collection for FEHNCY is currently on hold to comply with the physical and social distancing recommendations issued by the provincial and federal governments. The FEHNCY team will be conducting remote only data collection and will continue modifying the project methods, timeline, and protocols in collaboration with First Nation partners to adapt to the current circumstances. The mobile clinic component has been postponed until further notice.

A National Study on the Health of First Nations Children and Youth

What is the study about?

FEHNCY is a cross-Canada research study looking at the nutrition, health and environment of First Nations children and youth aged 3 to 19

How will community members be involved?

Activities will be developed to engage community members and strengthen relationships with First Nations.

How will my family benefit from participating?

FEHNCY promotes the improvement of health and wellbeing for all First Nations families.

Who will be doing the research?

Community members will be hired and trained as community researchers, working in collaboration with a team of academic researchers.

Main Study

Questions

  1. How healthy are First Nations children in Canada?
  2. Are First Nations children living in healthy environments?

The FEHNCY follows:

OWNERSHIP, CONTROL, ACCESS, AND POSSESSION (OCAP) PRINCIPLES REGARDING OWNERSHIP, CONTROL, ACCESS AND POSSESSION OF THE DATA COLLECTED FROM EACH COMMUNITY

Main Study

Questions

  1. How healthy are First Nations children in Canada?
  2. Are First Nations children living in healthy environments?

What will the study measure?

dietary

Dietary quality

traditional

Traditional food access and intake

community

Community food environment

health

Health status

exposeure

Exposure to contaminants

housing

Housing conditions and indoor air quality

What will the study measure?

Proposed Regional Timeline*

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  • 2020

    2020-2021 : Fort Albany and Kanesatake

    2020-2021 : Fort Albany and Kanesatake

    January 1, 2020

    Region:  Pilot study: Fort Albany and Kanesatake
    Communities: 2
    Participants: 200

  • 2021

    2021-2022 – Atlantic

    2021-2022 – Atlantic

    January 27, 2021

    Region: Atlantic

    Communities : 6

    Participants : Saskatchewan

  • 2022

    2022-2023 – Saskatchewan

    2022-2023 – Saskatchewan

    January 28, 2022

    Region: Saskatchewan

    Communities : 6

    Participants : 600

  • 2023

    2023-2024 – Manitoba

    2023-2024 – Manitoba

    January 28, 2023

    Region: British Columbia
    Communities: 6
    Participants: 600

  • 2024

    2024-2025 – Quebec

    2024-2025 – Quebec

    January 28, 2024

    Region: Quebec
    Communities: 3/3
    Participants: 300/300

  • 2025

    2025-2026 – Alberta

    2025-2026 – Alberta

    January 28, 2025

    Region:  Alberta
    Communities: 6
    Participants: 600

  • 2026

    2026-2027 – Ontario

    2026-2027 – Ontario

    January 28, 2026

    Region:  Ontario
    Communities: 6
    Participants: 600

  • 2027

    2027-2028 – Ontario / British Columbia

    2027-2028 – Ontario / British Columbia

    January 28, 2027

    Region: Ontario / British Columbia
    Communities: 6
    Participants: 600

  • 2028

    2028-2029 – British Columbia

    2028-2029 – British Columbia

    January 28, 2028

    Region:  British Columbia
    Communities: 6
    Participants: 600

  • 2029

    2029-2030 Analysis and Writing

    2029-2030 Analysis and Writing

    January 28, 2029

    Analysis and writing
    No. Communities  Total = 50
    No. of Participants Total = 1000

*actual start dates are subject to change based on modifications related to COVID-19

Communities and Year of Study

Coming soon: list of 6 randomly selected First Nations from the Atlantic Region

FEHNCY Resources

Download our latest documents and resource links

VIEW NOW FEHNCY BROCHURE

This project has been approved by the Ethical Boards of the University of Ottawa, the CHU de Québec – Université Laval, Université de Montréal, McGill University, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Health Canada to ensure its conformity to the principles governing the research ethics, and will ensure its continual review.

Funding provided by:

ISC-SAC