“There is a TB crisis in Nunavut at this very moment” – Stephen Lewis

I have just completed a four-day intensive fact-finding mission to Nunavut with my colleague Georgia White. The object of our fact-finding was Tuberculosis. We spent two days in Iqaluit meeting with the Minister of Health and senior officials, the NTI President and senior staff, the Public Health Centre, the Hospital, the wellness centre, the boarding home and many Elders. The trip was capped-off by a community feast.

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Harvester Support Program – Final Activity Report

Feeding Nunavut received contribution funding from the Nunavut Food Security Coalition to implement a Harvester Support program in one remote community in the high Arctic. This is our final Activity Report. High Five to all hunters and fishers that participated and to the community members that worked hard to make the program a success. You guys rock!

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A Message of Appreciation from George Qulaut, MLA

“As the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut representing the constituency of Amittuq, I am very honoured to be able to express appreciation on behalf of the community of Igloolik to Feeding Nunavut for the successful 2016 Christmas Hampers initiative…”

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Making the Case to Stop Donating Food to Nunavut

We Canadians believe ourselves to be quite the generous lot. We dig deep into our pockets to donate to international disaster relief for epidemics in Africa and devastating hurricanes in Haiti. In fact, 82% of us donated money in 2013 to charities and non-profits to the tune of $12.8 billion dollars.

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Beyond Hunger: Malnutrition and Inuit Children

Ask the average Canadian to imagine the face of a malnourished child and chances are that he/she will describe someone living in a developing country. They would be shocked to learn that 7 out of 10 Inuit preschoolers live in food insecure households, and that Inuit households experience food insecurity at almost double the rate [...]

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Harvesting Food Security in Nunavut

"In the belief system common to Nunavut Inuit, harvested food is seen as a gift from nature, in which animals offer themselves to the hunter or fisher, and where the sharing, distribution, and consumption of wild foods is closely linked to cultural identity (Wenzel, 1995, 2013). As one Iqaluit participant noted, “food sharing is one [...]

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Household Food Insecurity at Record High in the North

Nunavut continues to have the highest rate of food insecurity in Canada with 60% of the territory’s children living in food insecure households. “The rates in the North suggest a state of emergency” – Valerie Tarasuk – Principal Investigator and nutritional sciences professor at U of T.

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Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls

There are over 1,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Below are only a few. NELLIE ANGUTIGULUK was 29 #Nunavik #MMIW #endVAW @JustinTrudeau @ThomasMulcair these are daughters of #Canada pic.twitter.com/ZVstskGBCN— Kaylee Juniper (@JuniperKaylee) August 24, 2015 Every day I am going to tweet this. Join Me 1186+ Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW [...]

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Food Insecurity in Northern Manitoba

Northern Manitoba is home to over 40,000 First Nation men, women and children. Many enjoy living on reserve but according to the below cbcnews documentary, three quarters are food insecure. This is 8 x the national average.

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Ilisaqsivik Society Food Programs

Ilisaqsivik is a non-profit community-based Inuit organization in Clyde River, Nunavut, dedicated to promoting community wellness. In addition to the below food programs, Ilisaqsivik provides many short and long term initiatives to benefit the community of Clyde River.

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Tusarvik School Breakfast Program

The Tusarvik school breakfast program is able to enjoy a nutritious boost because of generous donations from people like you. Donated dollars are used to purchase fresh produce and healthy snacks that would otherwise not be available to students as part of the school meal program.

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Whitehorse Food Bank

The Whitehorse Food Bank is a community-based organization that provides emergency food to people in need. Every month, they help feed more than 1,350 people.

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Taloyoak Food Bank

Taloyoak is the northernmost community on Canada's mainland. The community of approximately 850 is served only by air and by annual supply sealift.  Because the number of food insecure households in Taloyoak, the food bank struggles to serve the community need. Donations from outside the community are needed and greatly appreciated. Without donations from people like you [...]

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Rankin Inlet Deacon’s Cupboard

Located on the west coast of Hudson Bay about 300 km north of Churchill, Rankin Inlet is the transportation, health services, and business centre of the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. Rankin Inlet's Ikurraq Deacon's Cupboard is a food bank and used clothing center. Profits from the clothing center help fund the food bank. The name IKURRAQ [...]

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Inuvik Food Bank

The Inuvik Food Bank serves about 10% of the population of Inuvik, NWT.  The food bank is open for 2 hours every Wednesday. Current funding limits require that food bank recipients are placed on a bi-weekly schedule. But if they really need food and happen to come on their off-week, they are not turned away. The [...]

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Share on Facebook

Help raise awareness and support for food insecurity and hunger in Canada’s north by simply sharing one of these posts (or create your own!) on your Facebook page.  Thank you. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Do you care about [...]

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Share on Twitter

Help raise awareness and support for food insecurity and hunger in Canada's north by simply retweeting one of these tweets to your twitter network.  Thank you. Do you care about #foodinsecurity and #hunger in Canada? Tell your MP. - Letter Writing Campaign http://t.co/Arg48Wq1hV Pls RT— Feeding Nunavut (@FeedingNunavut) April 13, 2015 Returning to Nunavut to dig [...]

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Gjoa Haven Food Bank

Anniumapkainiq Food Bank in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut The 2015 launch of the Gjoa Haven food program is the result of hard work by a group of committed volunteers. Residents came together with the goal to tackle food insecurity. Many Gjoa Haven households struggle to put food on the table and pay bills. The group of volunteers agreed unanimously to organize a [...]

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Pangnirtung Food Pantry

Pirujat Pangnirtung Food Pantry The Pangnirtung Food Pantry serves low income families and individuals in Pangnirtung Nunavut. Emergency assistance is also provided to other community members when needed. The pantry is open twice a month, every other week. The focus of the program is to provide food that is filling and nutritious. Food hampers are created with [...]

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The Iqaluit Food Bank

[ctitle title="SPOTLIGHT FOOD PROGRAM" color="#dd9933" font_size="30" big_border_en="true" uppercase="true" position="left"] Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank The Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank serves Iqaluit as well as provides outreach to other community food banks on an as-needed basis. The food bank receives no funding from the government.  The Iqaluit food bank has been able to exist because of [...]

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User Responses to Food Insecurity

Researching the experiences of users of community based programs in Iqaluit, Nunavut In May 2010, McGill University interviewed 94 users of 3 community programs in Iqaluit - soup kitchen, food bank and Tukisigiarvik. The purpose of the research was to find out if these services were helping, who was using them, how the community deals [...]

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Feeding My Family

Recently TVO's The Agency, with Steve Paikin, interviewed Feeding My Family group founder, Leesee Papatsie, about the issues surrounding food affordability in the north. Feeding My Family is a group that works to raise awareness of the high costs of food in Nunavut. brightcove.createExperiences(); A Nunavut government report says half of youths aged 11 – 15 [...]

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Iqaluit Soup Kitchen

Qayuqtuvik Society Iqaluit Soup Kitchen/Food Center The Qayuqtuvik Society runs the Iqaluit Soup Kitchen in Nunavut. The kitchen offers a free meal 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Week days soup and sandwiches are served. Weekends volunteers offer a full dinner which includes an entree, salad and desert. The program is a non-denominational [...]

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Crossing Baffin Island

Expedition Q - Crossing Baffin Island A group of friends set out to cross the souther portion of Baffin Island. A 1,000 km trek by skiing, river, sea kayak and portage. Looks like a fantastic adventure!

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Spotlight Submissions

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How the Arctic Changed When Canadians Took Control

Documentary about Joseph Idlout, a man who was once the world’s most famous Inuit. Follow the life of a great hunter. Learn how Joseph and his beloved Arctic changed when Canadians took control. Canadians took control of the Arctic by the simple act of declaring it Canadian territory. Canadians brought with them a different way of looking at [...]

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Nunavut Food Security Strategy

There seems to be a misconception that there is no plan in place to deal with food insecurity issues in Nunavut.  That is not the case. The Nunavut Food Security Coalition has worked diligently to analyze the situation, develop a strategy and define an executable action plan. The Nunavut Food Security Coalition is a collaborative group [...]

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Photos of Nunavut

Gorgeous Photos of Nunavut.  via @FeedingNunavut "@bellpatricia: Sarah McNair-Landry & Erik Boomer's dogsled adventure around Baffin Island. (photo : Boomer) pic.twitter.com/OPDr5X2HoD #Nunavut— Madeleine Redfern (@madinuk) March 22, 2015 Baker Lake, Nunavut offered the most wonderful welcome. #nunagram #explorecanada #auroraborealis #aurora @AuroraMAX pic.twitter.com/iji27YvROu— Sara Statham (@SaraAshleyGrant) February 21, 2015 Sunset seal hunting. #Iqaluit #Nunavut #nunagram #explorecanada CC: [...]

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End Childhood Poverty in Canada

In 1989, Canada's parliament made a promise to end childhood poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Every party in the parliament unanimously agreed. Why didn't it happen? One in Seven Canadian children still live in poverty. Canada Made A Promise. Write your Member of Parliament and ask him to keep the promise. Find Your MP By [...]

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Letter Writing Campaign

A letter writing campaign is an easy advocacy tool for citizens to voice opinions about specific issues. The letters may be sent to the Prime Minister, a member of Parliament, or a particular government agency. Knowing that re-election depends on the votes of their constituents, MPs tend to pay close attention to mail from constituents.

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