Food Insecurity in Northern Canada – A Public Policy Forum Roundtables Series (Iqaluit, Nunavut)

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When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 08:30 - 11:30

Where: Iqaluit, Nunavut

Canada’s Public Policy Forum is advancing the dialogue on one of the most important policy issues affecting people living in Northern Canada—food insecurity. “Food insecurity” is an outcome of inadequate or uncertain access to an acceptable amount and quality of healthy food. While there is frequent and increasing media attention to food insecurity in developing nations, hunger and malnutrition are also issues in Canada. Average rates of food insecurity vary significantly across and within provinces and territories, but northern communities experience some of the highest and most persistent rates of food insecurity in Canada.
 
The range of approaches –both within Canada’s Territories and Provinces, as well as in other northern nations with similar food insecurity issues – illustrate that there is no single best approach to solving food insecurity. Addressing the challenges within Canada will require a variety of initiatives, including support for country food, education programs, poverty alleviation measures and economic-development strategies.
 
In early 2015, the Public Policy Forum will bring together leaders from communities, NGOs, and Territorial, Provincial and Federal governments to reflect on these challenges and avenues that can increase success in confronting food insecurity. This roundtable will seek to explore the most promising measures to address food insecurity in Northern Canada by presenting a synthesis of the current state of knowledge on food insecurity, and identifying strategies to address food insecurity, ranging from short-term mitigation measures to longer-term, sustainable strategies to address root causes.
 
Invitation-only sessions in will take place in Yellowknife, Iqaluit and Ontario in March and April 2015.
 
The Forum will share summary reports from each roundtable, and will publish a final report at the project's conclusion.
 
For further information, please contact:
Isabelle Couture
587-216-3953

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