Food & Nutrition Services
Oki! Siksika Food and Nutrition Services assists with healthy food choices for Nation members in a respectful and dignified manner, through collaborative and information-based means and programs. Our team’s mission is to empower individuals in their food choices so that they have the capability to live their happiest and healthiest lifestyle.
To contact Siksika Food & Nutrition Services, please call 403-734-5630. Hours of operation are 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday – Friday. Appointments with a Registered Dietician are available 9:00am-2:00pm, Tuesday – Friday.
Clinical Nutrition Services
Eating well helps to reduce the risk of physical health problems like heart disease and diabetes. In partnership with Siksika Community Health, individual and group sessions are available to Siksika Nation members needing education and information on managing chronic disease through nutrition.
These sessions are centered on practical food and nutrition choices. We focus on the reconnection with physical, emotional, spiritual and mental relationship with food for our clients. Services also specialize in chronic disease prevention and general health promotion.
Promoting Sustainable Food Production
In the spring of 2021, Siksika Nutrition Services partnered with the Buffalo Berry Farm to host the Backyard Niitawaakiiks Program. Siksika Nation members participated in educational workshops and five families were supplied materials for building chicken coups and caring for chickens. This program allowed participants to harvest both eggs and meat-birds to create their own sustainable food system.
By building connections between the community and family, we strengthened both local and traditional food systems while also acting as a land-based therapy.
Ittasinno’P Food Centre
The Ittasinno’P Food Centre provides immediate food access for individuals and/or families in need. The centre provides food hampers packed with nutritious and healthy food options that will last individuals or families two weeks.
Households are eligible for hampers once every 30 days. Hampers can be picked up (delivery is not available, except in specific circumstances) at the scheduled time. Those who do not pick up their hamper on time are able to reschedule a new hamper pickup after 14 days.
What to expect when you pick up your hamper:
- Please drive to the North Side of the Siksika Support Centre
- Call 403-734-5716 upon arrival
- Stay in your car and the team will load your food hamper into the trunk of your vehicle
- Drive out and enjoy your Food & Nutrition Hamper
To request food support hamper,
please call 403-734-5716
Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 4:00 pm
*You must have a hamper pickup appointment in order to receive a hamper
Food Hamper Intake & Pickup Schedule*:
- Monday – Wednesday: Calls are taken to schedule hamper pickup appointments
- Thursday-Friday: Hamper pickup days (pickup is between 12:00pm – 4:00pm)
COVID-19 Isolation Food Support
Siksika Nation members who are isolating due to COVID-19 exposure may be eligible to receive food support from the Food Support Centre. This service requires a referral from Siksika Health’s Communicable Disease Control (CDC) team. Hampers will be provided to those families who are under isolation measures so that they can comply with COVID-19 guidelines. Hot meals are available to families, depending on the circumstance.
If you or your household is isolating, please contact the Siksika CDC team for more information on food isolation support.