Safety regulations bar some First Nations children from eating traditional foods
Provincial regulations effectively ban traditional First Nations foods from being served in many early childhood education programs, according to a report prepared for the B.C. Aboriginal Child Care Society.
Some on-reserve group daycares and preschool programs operate without provincial licensing in order to avoid regulations that demand only store-bought foods — disdainfully referred to as “bar-code” foods by First Nations educators — be served to children.
“It’s really important to serve traditional foods to the children, it’s really part of our identity,” said Deanna Cook, executive director of Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn Society in Enderby. “We serve moose meat and fish and those were the foods we ate pre-contact (with Europeans).”
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