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Aug
15
2014

Dietetics in the land of the midnight sun

TLheadshot.JPGTabitha Lichty is the Regional Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator working at Inuvik Regional Hospital in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. She works in 13 small, remote communities in the Western Arctic ranging in size from 126 to 3500 people. Most communities are accessible only by plane, so travelling has its challenges! Tabitha has learned a great deal about adapting to and understanding a new culture through these experiences. She previously worked three years as a diabetes educator at an Aboriginal health access centre in Kenora, Ontario prior to moving North. She can be contacted at tabitha_lichty@gov.nt.ca and would love to hear from other dietitians working in remote communities.

I have always been fascinated by different cultures. Perhaps that is inherited by many Canadians as we grow-up in such a diverse and multicultural country. As a dietitian, I tend to look at food though a health and nutrition lens, but I also understand that food is so much more than that, it is deeply entrenched in our culture and identity.

Since moving to my new home in Inuvik, Northwest Territories last fall, I have been exposed to the distinct and rich cultures and food traditions of the Inuvialuit, Gwich’in and Dene in this corner of the Western Arctic.  I learned quickly that I needed to become familiar with the food traditions of the North in order to be effective in my work as the Regional Dietitian. Little did I know about the huge variety of “country foods” that are still eaten on a daily basis including caribou, musk ox, whale, seal, berries (akpiks, blueberries, currents, cranberries, etc), geese, arctic char, ducks, arctic hare, and much more. Most of which I had never tried before moving to the North. continue reading

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