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18:00 - 19:30 27 January 2014

Canadian First Nations and issues of obesity


Lecture Theatre 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Prof Alan Hallsworth, University of Portsmouth, Alan has a 40 year research record in both retailing and the study of Canada. He graduated with a research Masters from Queen’s, Ontario, in 1971 before returning to Britain where his 1980s research led to new UK national planning policy guidelines to control the spread of big box retailers. In 2009, he was appointed a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Communities and Local Government for its report on the future of traditional retail markets and Farmers Markets. He has also served as President, Secretary and Treasurer of the British Association for Canadian Studies as well as a nine-year term on the Board of the Foundation for Canadian Studies.

Issues of obesity surround contemporary Canadian First Nation communities. A large part of this reflects incompatibility between traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyles and more recent food provisioning practices. The former is also linked to a lack of a distinct transportable “cuisine”. By comparing West coast Canadian First Nation residents with recent immigrants from Korea (which has a distinct transportable “cuisine”) light is shed on contemporary food-related issues.

Before the presentation there will be light refreshments starting from 17:30.

The research for this presentation was conducted in British Columbia in September 2012 with the support of the Federal Government of Canada.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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