Northern food security: 'We can find a solution to this'
N.W.T. farmer's association says new Health Canada report shows organizations need to act now
Jackie Milne, the president of the Territorial Farmer's Association, says the report shows that now is the time to act, especially considering how it only reiterates how food insecurity in the North is a serious and growing problem.
"We can work together, we can partnership. You know the GNWT can contribute. Other organizations like CanNor, the federal government, Agriculture Canada," Milne said. "Like let's all get together and work and say, 'We can find a solution to this. We can create our own answers, our own training, our own facilities.'"
The report gave examples of innovative local food production in the North, like Hay River's Northern Farmers Training Institute and Inuvik's Community Greenhouse.
The report took 15 months to complete, and brought together aboriginal and non-aboriginal scholars, most of whom have lived in Northern Communities.
It says Nunavut has the highest rate of food insecurity for any indigenous population in a developed country.