Nunavut is affected more than any other province or territory by household food insecurity, and needs remedial action, says a report published by the Conference Board of Canada last week.
The territory received a D grade for household food security for youth and adults aged 12 and older in the board’s Canada’s Food Report Card 2016: Provincial Performance, which compares 63 food performance metrics organized around industry prosperity, healthy food and diets, food safety, environmental sustainability and household food security. The Northwest Territories received a B in the latter category, while Yukon and all the provinces received an A. The grades were based on 2011-12 Statistics Canada data.
The report says that Nunavut is also the nation’s weakest performer on Indigenous food security, with 51 per cent of people experiencing low or very low levels of food security. “Inuit food insecurity is increased by climate change and environmental change, such as thinning of ice cover and altered animal migration routes,” the report notes, adding that “The eroding interest in, and increasing costs of, hunting traditional or country food are also factors.”