ArcticNet - ArcticNet Research

Phase 4 (2015-2018)

Supporting Understanding, Policy and Action for Food Security in Nunavik and Nunatsiavut

Project Leader(s)

Furgal, Christopher

Food insecurity is a critical public health issue in many northern communities today. Various forms of environmental, socio-cultural, economic and political change threaten northern households’ abilities to access and acquire adequate, healthy, safe and preferred foods on a regular basis. Action is needed to address this issue but must be based on accurate and relevant information gathered at the appropriate scale. This project is being conducted in cooperation with the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services and the Nunatsiavut Government to support Nunavik and Nunatsiavut residents, and community and regional organizations in understanding and taking action on food insecurity at the community and regional scales. The project involves household food security surveys in Nunavik, analysis of existing datasets in the two regions to determine the role of various factors, including existing food support programs, in household food security status, and a policy and program review and knowledge translation activities to support decision making and policy discussions in the two regions to address long term food security challenges. Contributes to IRIS: 4