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 of government departments, Inuit organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector who have worked together to formulate a plan to improve food security in Nunavut. The Nunavut Food Security Strategy and Action Plan document can be found it it’s entirety here.

Below is a brief summary of the strategy …

6 Identified Strategic Areas for Action

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1.  Country Food

Country food is an excellent source of nutrition and plays a critical role in Inuit culture. In Nunavut, the term “country food” is used to describe any food that the land supplies, including caribou, Arctic char, salmon, musk ox, seal, whale, seafood (including clams and mussels), Arctic hare and ptarmigan. There are also some edible leaves, grasses and berries.

“We will promote country food as a foundational food for Nunavummiut” – NFSC

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2.  Store Bought Food

As diets move to store-bought foods, poor food choices are having a negative impact on health.

“We will support a food supply chain that promotes availability and affordability of store-bought food that maximize nutritional and economic value for Nunavummiut”. – NFSC

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3.  Local Food Production

Beyond country food, the NFSC is committed to exploring new viable food options such as greenhouses, composting systems, farms, fisheries, bakeries etc..

“We will explore and promote the potential for local food production in Nunavut” – NFSC

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4. Life Skills

In addition to teaching younger generations the tradition of how to obtain, store, prepare and consume country food, the NFSC is committed to improving foundational skills.

“We will support efforts to increase the ability of Nunavummiut to improve their own food security by gaining and utilizing life skills, including language, literacy and numeracy”. – NFSC

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5.  Programs and Community Initiatives

Vulnerable populations such as children, single parents and elders will be supported with community-based programs and resources.

“We will support community efforts that improve access to food for those who are most vulnerable to hunger”. – NFSC

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6.  Policy and Legislation

Housing, income assistance, education, training, employment and transportation can influence food security.

“We will advocate for a strong social safety net that promotes food security through relevant policy and legislative measures”. – NFSC

The NFSC Action Plan goes on to provide details of the objectives, partners, actions and outcomes for each of the 6 identified strategic areas for action.

If you are interested in helping Canada’s food insecurity issue, please read this report first and then find a way to support a successful outcome.

Read the full report here.

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