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Food insecurity a growing challenge in Canada's northern and remote Aboriginal communities
Date:3/27/2014

re is no single way to "solve" food security issues in the North. A range of holistic approaches, including poverty reduction strategies, is required.

  • There exists a strong body of research and traditional knowledge with respect to food security and northern Aboriginal health, but several knowledge gaps persist.

  • The food security measurement methods used to date have been valuable, but their ability to respond to the complex issue of food security in the northern Canadian Aboriginal context is limited.

  • Geographic, cultural, environmental, and economic diversity necessitates programs and policies that are responsive to locally-identified needs and are enabled by traditional knowledge and community strengths. Northern communities are a key source of resilience and innovative ideas.

    "At the forefront of the panel's discussions were the people who are most affected by food insecurity. This expert panel was committed to conducting an assessment that fully considered the complex range of issues that are a daily reality for northern communities and have significant implications for food security," said Elizabeth Dowdeswell, President of the Council of Canadian Academies." The panel's report provides clear evidence and insights that can assist in building effective solutions for both the short and long-term."


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  • Contact: Cathleen Meechan
    cathleen.meechan@scienceadvice.ca
    613-567-5000 x228
    Council of Canadian Academies
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