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

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


The results from the study will inform government policy and community program recommendations with the goal of improving the health of First Nations children.  The study will contribute to capacity building within First Nations communities and Assembly of First Nations (AFN) regions.

When will the study happen?


2020 – 2030

Communities will be
randomly selected
region by region
beginning fall 2020.

What activities will take place in your community?

03. Household Surveys

100 households with children/youth aged 3-19 years old will be randomly selected to be surveyed. From these households, one child will be randomly selected to participate. Some questions will be posed to their parent/caregiver, and others will be posed to the child/youth.

04. Mobile Clinics

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Main Study


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

What will the study measure?

Who will be doing the research?

Community members will be hired and trained as community researchers.

The Results

Each First Nation will receive a report with community-specific results, and a copy of their community’s data. The FEHNCY team will return to share results, and a workshop on how to use your data will be held in your community. A regional report will present overall results of nutrition, health and environmental well-being of children and youth in your region.