Healthy Communities

The beginnings of the Hesquiaht Community Garden.

The beginnings of the Hesquiaht Community Garden.

The word “health” implies so much. As our Vital Signs report demonstrates, “health” encompasses everything from walking trails and clean water to access to recreational opportunities, adequate housing and stable employment. The CBT is committed to supporting projects that support health, in its broadest sense.

Initially, this core priority was Healthy Food, Healthy Communities. This priority focused primarily on food security issues, such as affordability, nutrition education, local food products and access to and use of traditional foods. This work will continue and build on the successes of the past because we recognize that whether it’s simply to quench our hunger or to help celebrate an important event – healthy, nutritious and delicious food plays an important role in every day of our lives.

The CBT is a proud supporter of the Grade School Gourmets program at Wickaninnish Community School. Check out the fun video above and get inspired:  Bobby Lax and the Grade School Gourmets.

Our communities face a unique set of challenges related to food. Due to a variety of factors – including remoteness, challenging growing conditions and limited availability of options – our residents are always looking for ways to improve access to healthy, affordable, local foods.

The CBT’s work on food security is based on the knowledge that affordable access to healthy food is the first step in fostering a healthy community.  We are helping vulnerable individuals and communities in the Biosphere Reserve region develop an effective, community-based response to food challenges and increase our understanding of healthy, affordable food choices.

Through our healthy communities initiatives, we have:

  • Developed the West Coast Garden Guide,  a month-by-month intro to food gardening in our region;
  • Sponsored healthy cooking classes for all ages throughout the region;
  • Hosted public workshops in Tofino and Ittatsoo with experts in food security, nutrition, traditional Nuu-chah-nulth diets, non-timber forest products and wild food harvesting;
  • Identified food issues throughout the area with a Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region Food Survey;
  • Helped develop a regional food network;
  • Identified opportunities and issues related to food in the remote community of Hesquiaht First Nation with a community-based consultation; and
  • Created a regional Food Action Plan.

Please donate to our Healthy Communities program.