Over the past 10 years, the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study (FNFNES) has worked with 92 First Nations from across Canada to gather information about:

  • current traditional and store-bought food use;
  • food security;
  • nutrient values and environmental contaminants in traditional foods; and,
  • heavy metals and pharmaceutical in drinking and surface water.

This two-day Forum will bring together First Nations representatives, academics and government officials to work toward meaningful changes in health and environmental policy and re-invigorate and re-envision research partnerships between First Nations and academia.

Participants will be provided the opportunity to discuss a decade’s worth of FNFNES findings and consider associated policy and program recommendations. The Forum will also honour and thank all those who participated in this study.

Forum Agenda


Registration Package


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Forum Goals:

Key goals to inform this Forum will include:

  • Share information regarding the national results of the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study
  • Discuss study findings to identify further policy, program and research priorities
  • Linking leaders in this field to support the launch of a positive new research initiative with First Nations.

Who Should Attend:

  • First Nations leaders and citizens
  • First Nations health workers and environmental specialists
  • Dedicated academics and government officials

Forum Program:


November 4, 2019

4:00PM – 8:00PM
Forum Pre-Registration Open


November 5, 2019

7:30AM – 4:00PM
Forum Registration Open

9:00AM – 5:00PM
Plenaries, Panel Presentations and Workshop Sessions


November 6, 2019

8:00AM – 12:00PM
Forum Registration Open

9:00AM – 4:00PM
Plenaries, Panel Presentations and Workshop Sessions

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Forum Overview

All activities will be taking place at the Delta Hotel Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa, Ontario. 

The Forum topics will include:

  • Keynoted/Presentations from National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Danika LIttlechild and Autumn Peltier;
  • An overview of the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study;
  • Critical discussion of key issues such as First Nations Nutrition, Environmental Contaminants, Traditional Food and Food Security;
  • A Sharing of Community and Regional Experiences in the study;
  • The launch of a new 10-year research project: The Food, Environment, Health and Nutrition of First Nations Children and Youth (FEHNCY) Study; and
  • Water and its role in health.


Registration Process

Pre-Registration forms and payment must be received at the AFN office by October 28, 2019. An administration fee of $50.00 will apply for all cancellations prior to October 18, 2019; registration fees are non-refundable after October 18, 2019.

Please make cheques payable to The National Indian Brotherhood. Payments and registration forms should be submitted to the attention of Tash Cote, Registration Coordinator, First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Forum, Assembly of First Nations, 55 Metcalfe Street, 16th Floor, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6L5 or by fax to 613-241-5808 or email to [email protected].

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Registration Fees

(includes HST)

  • $195 – Chief
  • $195 – First Nations and First Nations Organizations
  • $395 – Corporate/Government Official Delegate Registration Fee

Hotel Accommodations

Our host hotel for the Forum is the Delta Hotel Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa, Ontario. The room rate is $239-$269/night plus applicable taxes.

  • To book your room by phone, please call 1-888-236-2427 and requesting the FNFNES Forum group rate.

DEADLINE: Room rate available only until TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2019.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Forum, please indicate your interest by email to [email protected].


Flight Centre
If you do not have a preferred travel agent and require assistance making your travel arrangements to the Forum, please contact Tyler Brennan at Flight Centre Business Travel.

Tyler Brennan, Assistant Manager
Flight Centre Business Travel – Glebe
763 Bank Street – Room B
Ottawa, ON K1S 3V3

Telephone: 613-321-0120
Toll-free: 1-877-565-5295
Fax: 613-321-0426
E-mail: [email protected]

Visit www.aircanada.com and enter promotion code in the search panel.

Promotion Code
Your promotion code: G6YRMHV1

Applicable Rules

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa
  • The travel period begins November 4, 2019 and ends November 7, 2019.
  • No discount will apply to Standard or Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.


For the upcoming AFN First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Forum, Westjet is able to offer 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Ottawa. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed.

Please visit www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online.

  • Coupon code for Guests web and Travel Agent web:  D71XL9I
  • Promo code for Travel Agents GDS only: VCC73
  • Travel from: November 4, 2019 to November 7, 2019



Porter Airlines is proud to offer a discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from Ottawa. The discounted fares are available for travel from November 4th to November 7th, 2019

Please book online at www.flyporter.com or through your travel agent using promo code AFN13.



This will confirm VIA Rail Canada’s participation as a major ground transportation company for your “AFN First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Forum”.  The following are the details pertaining to your conference fare:

Valid: November 4 to November 7, 2019
Territory: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Ottawa, Ontario and return.
Restrictions: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
Discount: 5% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper, or Sleeper Plus class. “Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.”
Exception: Discount does not apply in any Escape Class fares.
Identification: Participants must reference the Assembly of First Nations’ VIA corporate discount code: 810994.


Registration Inquiries

Tash Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Ext. 274
Fax: (613) 241-5808
Email: [email protected]

General Inquiries

Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Fax: (613) 241-5808
Email:[email protected]

On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, we look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!

Brent NolanFirst Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Forum
Assembly of First Nations