Nunavut food security action plan to be released May 5 in Iqaluit

Nunavut Food Security Coalition hosting a feast to celebrate new strategy


The Nunavut Food Security Coalition will release a plan of action tonight at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit to launch Hunger Awareness week across the territory.

The coalition, a group comprised of government and Inuit organization representatives, will celebrate the release of what it calls the Nunavut Food Security Strategy and Action Plan at the school May 5 at 5:30 p.m. with a community feast at 6 p.m.

A news release says everyone is welcome to attend.

The coalition, formed under the umbrella of the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, held a symposium in Iqaluit in January 2013 to discuss issues that could affect food security in Nunavut including community initiatives and government policies and legislation.

The goal of the coalition’s action plan, according to the roundtable website, is “to develop a long-term, ongoing, inclusive and sustainable approach to food security in Nunavut.”

The January 2013 symposium in Iqaluit produced a long wish list of goals including making country foods more available and accessible through community infrastructure, subsidies to meat and fish plants and clarifying how country foods could be inspected and sold in retail stores.

The action plan, to be released tonight, is expected to cover some of these goals.

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