Pat Angnakak calls on MLAs to attend Nutrition North meeting

The Nutrition North advisory board will hold a public meeting about the controversial federal food subsidy program in Iqaluit next week.

Iqaluit MLA says federal government needs to know action on food subsidy program is 'vital'

A price tag lists the price of a jug of orange juice at a grocery store in Iqaluit, Nunavut on December 8, 2014. Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak says Northerners need to press the Government of Canada to address the issues with the Nutrition North food subsidy program that were raised by the Auditor General last year. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

The Nutrition North advisory board will hold a public meeting about the controversial federal food subsidy program in Iqaluit next week.

Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak, who spoke at length in the Nunavut legislature yesterday about the program, says she'll be there and is encouraging other MLAs to attend. 

She says that although Nutrition North is a federal program, the territorial government has a role to play.

"These upcoming hearings, which will be held in public, will be critical in ensuring that our federal parliamentarians have a clear understanding of why it is so vital that action be taken to address the problems with this federal program," she said.

When it comes to addressing the issue of food insecurity in Nunavut, Angnakak says it's not just about improving access to affordable food; poverty, unemployment and the limited infrastructure in the territory also have to be taken into account.

"Put simply, it costs our families twice as much to feed their children than it does in much of the country."

The advisory board will hold its meeting Mar. 26 at Iqaluit's Anglican Parish Hall, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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