Aboriginal Health Dietitians

Aboriginal Health has two full-time dietitians who deliver health services to North Island and South Island First Nations communities on Vancouver Island.

Dietitians (North Island and South Island)

Aboriginal Health Dietitians work to improve food security in Aboriginal communities in the North Island and South Island by:

  • Supporting Community Food Projects such as traditional food programs, Garden Creation Projects, community kitchens, youth programs and health events
  • Building capacity by linking communities with knowledge keepers 
  • Acting as nutrition resource for community health workers and community members 
  • Providing links to funding and helping to create community networks
  • Advocating for the health of Aboriginal people and communities
  • Linking communities to health services

Project Examples

What is Food Security?

Food security means having access to safe, culturally acceptable, affordable and nutritious food.  The principles of food security are sustainability, self-reliance and social justice.

Traditional Food Systems

Traditional foods have long been at the centre of Aboriginal communities and economies (Ommer & Turner, 2004).  The wealth of knowledge that is still rooted within the Aboriginal communities about traditional foods and their links to health, healing and culture may benefit all communities by building connection to natural food sources (Kuhnlein et al, 2006).

The health of Aboriginal communities and people has been strongly linked to ecosystems and the food that these systems provide (Kuhnlein et al, 2006).  Many Aboriginal leaders believe the re-adoption of traditional foods is important to addressing many of the health problems facing Aboriginal populations today (Turner and Turner, 2008).

If you would like to learn more about food security and traditional food systems please go to:  http://www.indigenousfoodsystems.org/food-sovereignty

To learn more about other VIHA Food Security initiatives click here:  http://www.viha.ca/mho/food/food_security/Community+Food+Action+Initiative.htm

For access to one-on-one Dietitian counselling services please contact your family physician for a referral or call Health Link at 811.

Contact an Aboriginal Health Dietitian 

North Island - Kimberley Black, RD

      • Phone:  250.850.2146
      • Fax:  250.850.2637
      • Email kimberley.black@viha.ca
      • Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


South Island - Fiona Devereaux, RD

      • Phone:  250.370.8258
      • Fax:  250.370.8200
      • Email Fiona.Devereaux@viha.ca
      • Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.