The Government of Canada announced $8 million in funding on Thursday to help address food insecurity in Inuit Nunangat.
The Inuit land claims organizations Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Makivik Corporation, Nunatsiavut Government and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation will disburse the funds. Food voucher programs, meal delivery programs, breakfast programs and community harvesters’ programs are among the options.
“Inuit face the highest documented prevalence of food insecurity of any Indigenous people living in a developed country,” said Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, who was present for Thursday’s announcement. “As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, the status of food insecure Inuit households is becoming increasingly fragile. During the first wave of the pandemic, Inuit land claims organizations quickly mobilized to establish unprecedented measures to help support families. The funds announced today will ensure that these critical programs can continue.”
Marc Miller, minister of Indigenous Services, added, “Knowing whether or not you can have access to healthy food should not be something that is uncertain. We recognize that food insecurity in Inuit communities is a complex challenge, and one that is best addresses by Inuit-led solutions. This funding will make a difference in the day to day lives of those living in Inuit Nunangat during this trying time.”