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Learning from the land in the North

ANDREA WOO: Trishia Smith sips from her travel mug, being careful not to spill during the bumps and jolts of her morning commute along miles of snowy terrain. The 29-year-old is among a small group of students headed to its first class of the day, traversing miles of snowy terrain aboard a traditional Inuit sled called a komatik. Spruce trees pass on the horizon and the sun beams from a blue and cloudless sky.

Inuit go hungry more than any other indigenous group: report

A new study released Thursday highlights the fact that people in Nunavut have the highest food insecurity rate for any indigenous population in a developed country at 68 per cent.

WTO appeal decision on seal-product ban comes this week

The appeals board of the World Trade Organization is expected to announce its decision this coming week on issues involving the European Union's ban on seal products.

Canada's aboriginal well-being efforts 'insufficient, UN envoy says

A UN report released Monday says Canada's efforts to improve the well-being of aboriginal people are "insufficient." Among other recommendations, the report calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered women. (CBC News)

Read the Report here.

$83.49 for a case of water? Welcome to Nunavet

The volume of food shipments to the north is very low, transportation costs very high, and infrastructure barely existent. That makes for very high costs.

Nunavut unveils plan to combat hunger, malnutrition

Called the Nunavut Food Security and Action Plan, the food blueprint sets out a long list of tasks - stating who is responsible for doing what and when they are expected to do it.

Inuit hunting market: cultural betrayal or necessity?

A recent study by the Royal Society of Canada suggested selling a hunter's bounty might be one way to increase the overall food supply and ensure all Inuit can feed their families.

Le quart des enfants inuits d’âge préscolaire ont le ventre creux

Le quart des enfants inuits d’âge préscolaire du Canada ont le ventre creux, selon un rapport du Conseil des académies canadiennes. Du lot, 90 % d’entre eux ont faim, 76 % sautent des repas, et 60 % peuvent passer une journée sans manger. 31 % des enfants inuits d’âge préscolaire vivent une insécurité alimentaire modérée, et 70 % « connaissent l’insécurité alimentaire ».

Northern food costs remain sky high

Some food experts are calling on the territorial and federal governments to take action against the rising cost of food in the North.

The cost of living is higher in Northern Canada, and food prices are especially vexing in some of the North's more remote communities.

The federal government has a program, known as Nutrition North Canada, designed to make healthy food more available to people living in remote places.

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Aglukkaq says Aboriginal people “hunt everyday” rejects United Nations Rapporteur as “ill-informed and patronizing academic”

Indigenous people in Canada don’t face food security issues because “they hunt every day,” said Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq in the House of Commons Wednesday as she fended off opposition attacks fueled by the findings of the UN special rapporteur on food issues.

Olivier De Schutter, UN special rapporteur on the right to food, said in a press conference earlier in the day that he was “struck” by the “desperate situation” Indigenous people faced in the country.

UN food rapporteur visits Canada – but skips North

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food is on day three of his 11-day visit to Canada.

This is the first time the United Nations is investigating food security in a developed country.

Olivier De Schutter is stopping in cities and First Nations communities in southern Canada, but he has no planned stops in the North.

The UN in Canada: bringing together the Eaters and the Producers

Mr. Olivier de Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, made his first official organized stop on his grand 10-day Canadian tour on Sunday in Montreal.

At a panel discussion, held at the Universite de Montreal, there were representatives from People's Unions, Greenpeace, Food Independence groups, and professional food-gatherers' alliances. The main issues identified by the groups included poverty and access to healthy food, Aboriginal peoples, governance, the industrial food model and international issues.