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.

THE STUDY

A national study on the HEALTH of First Nations children and youth

FEHNCY is a  cross-Canada research study that will look at the nutrition, health and environment of First Nations children and youth aged 3-19 in communities through partnerships and community participation.

Who can participate in this research study?

IN EACH PARTICIPATING COMMUNITY:

100 FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 3 TO 19

Households with children will be approached to complete questionnaires and have their homes inspected for mould, dust and indoor air quality. The children will be invited to have a variety of health measures taken at the mobile clinic.

24 CHILDREN AND YOUTH AGED 6 TO 19

Children and youth will be invited to participate in 2 separate group discussions (12 children aged 6 to 11 and 12 children aged 12 to 19) that will use drawing activities to explore their perspectives about the availability and access to food within their community.

12 TO 15 LOCAL FOOD EXPERTS

Interviews will be conducted with local food system experts (including traditional food harvesters, social workers, policymakers, store managers, and school/ daycare administrators and teachers) to gather knowledge about community members' access to traditional, store-bought and alternative food sources.

Community Timeline

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

What activities will take place in your community?