High rates of food insecurity, difficulties accessing traditional foods and water contaminated with trace metals and pharmaceuticals are prevalent among Atlantic Canada’s Indigenous communities, according to a new study.

“We should stress more the rights to food and that being a human right. We’re sad that Canada, a rich country, still allows these high rates of food insecurity to be occurring in particular communities,” said Dr. Malek Batal, one of the principal investigators in the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study.