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"The land that is now known as Canada has been home to distinct Indigenous nations from coast-to-coast for millennia. Prior to European contact, these thriving nations were part of sophisticated networks of communities that spanned Turtle Island. European colonization brought disease, conflict and significant loss of land to these communities. Canada became an independent country in 1867 and many government policies including residential schools aimed to \"take the Indian out of the child\", as described by Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister. In 2008, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was forged and their report detailing the realities of the residential school and recommendations for reconciliation was published in 2015. Today, many Indigenous communities are making significant strides towards greater self-determination, but Indigenous people continue to face the negative impacts of colonization, discrimination, and generational trauma. While poverty rates in Canada for the general population steadily declined between 2015 and 2020, according to the 2021 census, First Nations people, Inuit and Métis still face a much higher prevalence. With the COVID-19 pandemic, current inflation and the cost of living crisis, a survey in May 2020 suggested there was a 39 percent increase in household food insecurity, especially for Indigenous people living on reserve. Where CFTC works in Canada. CFTC currently works in partnership with 30 Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. From the Hamlet of Tulita in the Northwest Territories to Nunatsiavut in the east, CFTC partners with communities that face food security challenges to help achieve their food sovereignty goals. Food security challenges are different in each community and can be influenced by several factors. These can include whether they have fly-in or drive-in access, how much access they have to their traditional lands, and employment opportunities, among others. Rural and remote communities are particularly challenged by high prices of food compared to urban centres, an issue that has only compounded as food prices rise across the country. This has resulted in almost half of all Indigenous families in Canada facing difficulty putting enough food on the table, according to the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study. Families with children are even more likely to struggle. When it comes to accessing traditional food, more than half of Indigenous adults say harvesting food has become more difficult because of industry in their territories and climate change. In some communities, food sources like fish and game have been found to have high levels of lead and mercury making them unsafe to eat. All of this has led to high food insecurity and chronic disease rates in Indigenous communities. It is estimated that 20 percent of all Indigenous adults have diabetes, which is triple the national average of non-Indigenous Canadians. With Indigenous communities in the lead, when you donate to CFTC you’re helping provide funding for affordable, culturally-appropriate nutritious food, thriving agricultural and local food systems, Indigenous-led land and water stewardship, land-based education that rebuilds Indigenous knowledge across generations and more. CFTC has always partnered with communities where children need the help the most. You can have a positive impact on children in Canada. Click here to learn more about our work in Canada and how you can support it."