Bison and Salmon Delivered to all First Nation Communities

    “This influx of bison and salmon into the communities allows many families to put food on the table,” says Melanie Bennett, Executive Director of YFNED. “Ensuring First Nations students have access to healthy food is essential in our holistic approach to education.”

    Over the past week, the Yukon First Nation Education Directorate coordinated the delivery of roughly 83,000 pounds of frozen bison and salmon to all Yukon First Nation communities. A-1 Delivery and PNW are trucking the food to each First Nation, who are then distributing among families. YFNED partnered with Second Harvest and Agriculture Canada’s Surplus Food Rescue Program to provide this contribution of free, healthy food.

    “This influx of bison and salmon into the communities allows many families to put food on the table,” says Melanie Bennett, Executive Director of YFNED. “Ensuring First Nations students have access to healthy food is essential in our holistic approach to education.”

    In addition, YFNED is pleased to announce the extension of their Rural Nutritional Service through Jordan’s Principle for the next two years with an investment to the communities of $6.7 million dollars. YFNED and CYFN worked together this past year to create this service, which is now housed at YFNED. This will provide ongoing resources to ensure access to nutritional/traditional food, wages for cooks, equipment, and freight costs. Jordan’s Principle aims to ensure Indigenous children access equity in public services.

    YFNED’s Mission Statement is for unified control over First Nations education so we can empower our people in our ways of knowing and prepare our children to be active participants in the current world.

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