People living in remote First Nation communities on the James Bay Coast have to spend over half of their income on food in order to meet basic nutritional requirements, according to a new study by Food Secure Canada.

The authors of the report do not believe that lowering the costs of healthy food in northern communities is enough to address food insecurity.

Rather, a broader comprehensive strategy is needed that includes guaranteed minimum incomes that are in line with the higher cost of living in the north and having a healthy diet.

“We call on the federal and provincial governments to make access to nutritionally adequate and culturally appropriate food a basic human right in Canada,” the authors write.