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Study suggests link between oilsands and Fort Chip illnesses

CBC NEWS: A study conducted by First Nations groups and scientists from the University of Manitoba released Monday suggests the Alberta oilsands are in part to blame for some health concerns in the downstream community of Fort Chipewyan and higher levels of heavy metals in wildlife. 

Poverty a major barrier to good health for urban aboriginals: study

ADAM CARTER: Hamilton’s urban aboriginal people face multiple barriers to health care, significant rates of chronic disease and elevated emergency room visit levels compared to the rest of the city, according to a landmark study from St. Michael’s Hospital.

The study, published Thursday in medical journal BMJ Open, marks the first time researchers have accessed detailed information about how an urban aboriginal population in Canada uses health care.

 

Labrador Food Shortage: Stores Down To Last Items In Some Towns

SUE BAILEY: There's no excuse for bare grocery shelves in remote Labrador communities still waiting for spring food shipments delayed by ferry issues, says provincial Transportation Minister Nick McGrath.

"They have every reason to be upset," he said Monday in an interview of coastal enclaves such as Hopedale and Makkovik that haven't had major freight deliveries by ship since the fall.

 

Nunavut food security protest in Iqaluit focuses on expired products

DAVID MURPHY: The exorbitant price of food in the North wasn’t the only thing Leesee Papatsie and her group of about a dozen supporters protested at an event in Iqaluit held June 14 across the street from the Northmart store.

Protestors fought turbulent winds that blew cardboard signs out of the hands of some sent hunched-over protestors chasing tumbling signs for metres down the road.

 

‘Poverty trap’ keeps Nunavummiut in tragic conditions

A Canadian Bar Association gathering in Iqaluit last week included some frank discussion on the state of affairs in Nunavut. The theme of the meeting was "Nation-Building Under Land Claims Agreements, Treaties and Self-Government Agreements."

Former Auditor General of Canada Sheila Fraser, one of many prominent players who attended, says she was dismayed to learn there still aren't improvements on the implementation of Canadian land claims and treaties, even after several audits she conducted.

Nunavut food security protest in Iqaluit focuses on expired products

DAVID MURPHY: The exorbitant price of food in the North wasn’t the only thing Leesee Papatsie and her group of about a dozen supporters protested at an event in Iqaluit held June 14 across the street from the Northmart store.

Protestors fought turbulent winds that blew cardboard signs out of the hands of some sent hunched-over protestors chasing tumbling signs for metres down the road.

 

2014 Nunavut Food Price Survey: Comparison Chart

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Nunavut community prices are determined by calculating the average cost based on size in all stores for each community. Items are not separated by brand names. The survey was prepared by the Nunavut Bureau of Statistics and Statistics Canada. Not all items from from the Canada Food Price Basket are included due to a lack of comparable data in Nunavut.

2013 Nunavut Food Price Survey: Sample Food Basket

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The food basket was developed by choosing 28 random items from the survey, which reported reliable results across all communities. This is by no means an official basket, but rather a sufficient tool for overall price comparison between communities.

 

2013 Nunavut Food Price Survey

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In March and April 2013, a pilot food price survey was conducted across 11 Nunavut communities (10 of which returned usable data). In a comparison of 28 combined food items, Iqaluit has the lowest overall food cost in the territory at $216.21. Gjoa Haven is the highest of the communities surveyed at $255.58 - 18% higher than Iqaluit.

2014 Nunavut Food Price Survey

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In March 2014, a food price survey was conducted across all 25 Nunavut communities. 133 items, which included 18 non-food items, were surveyed by Government Liaison Officers in each community. All 25 communities returned usable data. 

The Nunavut Bureau of Statistics will release a series of community level food price data tables in the upcoming months. The first data table released compares 33 Nunavut food prices to those recorded in the monthly CPI Food Price Basket, prepared by Statistics Canada.

 

Take Action! Feeding My Family Campaign on the High Cost of Food

TAKE ACTION: Write to your MP about the high food costs in the north. Use Feeding My Family's template (see below) or write your own.

More info on Feeding my family website or Facebook page

Nunavut Food Security Symposium

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In June 2012, the Nunavut Food Security Coalition was established to develop a long term, ongoing, inclusive, and sustainable approach to food security in Nunavut. In January 2013, the Nunavut Food Security Symposium was held in Iqaluit in order to engage a broad group of partners to determine which policies, programs, and initiatives are most likely to improve food security in Nunavut.

Nunavut Food Security Coalition: Annual Report 2013-14

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In March and April 2013, the Pilot Nunavut Food Price Survey was conducted in 11 communities representing all three regions in Nunavut. The purpose 

Nunavut Food Security Coalition: Annual Report 2012-13

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From the local to the international scale, 2012-2013 brought much attention to the critical issue of food insecurity in Nunavut.

Stratégie et Plan d’Action sur la Sécurité Alimentaire du Nunavut 2014-16

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Grâce à la stratégie de sécurité alimentaire du Nunavut, le Nunavut alimentaire Security Coalition s'efforcera de répondre à bon nombre des principaux déterminants de la sécurité alimentaire à travers un large éventail d'initiatives, de programmes et de politiques. 
 

Nunavut Food Security and Action Plan 2014-16

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Through the Nunavut Food Security Strategy, the Nunavut Food Security Coalition will seek to address many of the key determinants of food security through a wide range of initiatives, programs, and policies.

The Coalition has identified six key themes around which the Nunavut Food Security Strategy is structured: Country Food, Store-Bought Food, Local Food Production, Life Skills, Programs and Community Initiative, as well as Policy and Legislation.

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.

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