December 2, 2016
Today, “food security” is a term we hear more and more often, particularly as the Trudeau government works to develop Canada’s first national food policy.
Canada is grappling with hunger on its own turf, with over four million Canadians experiencing food insecurity. Most startling, perhaps, are the numbers coming out of the Arctic territory of Nunavut, where roughly 80 per cent of the population is Inuit. Nearly half (46.8 per cent) of Nunavut households were reported food insecure in 2016, compared with 12 per cent of households across the country. One survey found that almost 70 per cent of Nunavut’s preschoolers live in food-insecure households, with 15 per cent of kids eating nothing at all on one day or more out of a year.
Unfortunately, things do not appear to be getting better. Hunger in Nunavut rose to its highest recorded rates in 2014.