Northern Food Insecurity

High food prices are fueling a food insecurity crisis in the North.

Arctic communityThe Canadian North presently suffers from a lack of accessibility to high quality food and the non-traditional food that is available must be shipped from the south at great expense to northern retailers and residents. The Canadian federal government has been mitigating this problem through the establishment of a program that heavily subsidizes the transportation costs of certain food items. This program presently transports 14 million kg of food to 140 isolated northern communities (90,000 people) in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory, Labrador and the northern reaches of Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. However, there is only marginal evidence that food costs have fallen for northern residents and this program is costing the Canadian taxpayer nearly $60 million per year.

An alternative solution is to establish agricultural facilities in the North with the construction of greenhouses. Although there are presently greenhouses in operation in a few northern communities, they are not economically sustainable and require substantial government funding to operate on a seasonal basis. A key problem is the commercialization of agricultural facilities that will not only be profitable for investors, but able to meet the needs of small, northern communities.

The following external links outline the food security crisis in the North:

A Right to Eat: Families in isolated northern Manitoba communities fight to put healthy food on the table:

Posted by CBC Manitoba on Saturday, 8 August 2015

The technology and concepts exist to reduce the hardship of living and working in the North. It’s time to integrate these systems to provide a viable alternative for stakeholders in the North. Facebook Feed:

So I was going to buy cinnamon but decided against it! This price? Especially at Christmas! No one ever uses cinnamon at this time of year..... ...

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I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to bring awareness to the food security issues faced by the people living up North! I hope some of the people in this group who live nearby can make it. ...

Flavours of the North – Free northern food tasting on the Hill!

December 9, 2017, 1:00pm - December 10, 2017, 3:00pm

Mark your calendars, foodies! On December 9 and 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Parliament Hill will host Flavours of the North, a FREE northern food tasting event as part of the Canada 150 closing celebrations. Top Canadian chefs will team up with local food trucks and Indigenous chefs to cook up northern dishes. There will be samples of “tuktu” stew and smoked arctic char chowder as well as traditional Inuit (Labrador) tea and bannock cooked over a fire pit. And for dessert, satisfy your sweet tooth without regret with Arctic berry-inspired sherbet and gelato! Delicious! While your taste buds are busy sampling yummy food, join celebrity Chef Chuck Hughes as he hosts live cooking demos! December 9 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Demonstration: Parliamentary Chef Judson Simpson with Christina Robertson 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Demonstration: Chef Rich Francis, former Top Chef Canada finalist December 10 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Demonstration: Chef Vikram Vij with Chef Trudy Metcalfe 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Demonstration: Chef Susur Lee with Chef Cezin Nottaway TASTE traditional northern cooking, LEARN about Indigenous culture, and BE INSPIRED by engaging cooking demonstrations. Participating food trucks and kitchens: Stella Luna, Ad Mare, Ottawa Streat Gourmet, Caffeine Fix, Tea N Bannock, Feast + Revel, National Arts Centre.

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Simionie Akavak shared Your Everyday Canadian's post to the group: Feeding My Family. ...

Food prices in Nunavut are absolutely insane

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