In Nunavut, socioeconomic changes have been rapid.
In the last 50 years the Inuit have largely gone from being semi-nomadic subsistence hunters to permanent settlements, employment and having to get involved in the cash economy.
Inuit in Canada’s north traditionally relied on “country food” (hunting caribou, seal, fish, wild berries etc). Modernization and the high cost of hunting is changing Inuit eating habits. Store bought foods are now shipped in from the south. No roads exist in Nunavut. Food can only be delivered via air. Shipping food via air results in very high food costs.
Documentary: Feeding Nunavut: What Happens When a Hunter-Gatherer Society Runs Out of Food? Author: Nadine Ajaka Video by Mark Andrew Boyer
At the root of this shift is poverty.
Really high costs combined with really low incomes make it difficult to hunt or buy groceries. “People are hungry,” says Nunavut resident, and Feeding My Family founder, Leesee Papatsie.
Nunavut has the highest rate of food insecurity in Canada. 7 in 10 preschoolers live in food insecure homes which is staggering. Many adults will go without food to allow their children to eat.
You Can Help…
1.Join Feeding My Family’s letter writing campaign and ask your Member of Parliament to do more for the north.
2.Donate to Inuit Community-Based Food Initiatives that are contributing to food security in Inuit regions.
3.Donate to the Emergency Food Voucher program that services the critical need of some, to access emergency and immediate food and supplies.