Nutrition North gets three new Inuit board members
Brenda Jancke, Beth Kotierk and Janice Grey-Scott appointed to federal advisory body
Three Inuit are among four new members of Nutrition North Canada’s advisory board, the federal government announced on Thursday.
Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal announced the appointment of Nunavut’s Brenda Jancke and Beth Kotierk, Nunavik’s Janice Grey-Scott and Northwest Territories’ Dr. Sarah Jane Cook to the advisory board.
Board members provide advice to the Northern Affairs Department to help guide Nutrition North Canada policies and ensure that Northern and Indigenous recipients benefit from the federal subsidy program.
“Through hard work and strong support from partners, the program continues to improve with locally led solutions for northerners, by northerners,” Vandal said in a Thursday release.
“These new appointments to the Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board will play an important role in ensuring that communities in the North continue to have access to healthy, affordable and nutritious food and other essential items.”
Two of the new advisory board members are from Nunavut: Jancke currently serves as regional director for the Department of Family Services in Cambridge Bay, while Kotierk is a civil lawyer who also serves as a board member of the Qajuqturvik Food Centre.
Grey-Scott is an avid harvester who has worked for the cooperative association in her hometown of Aupaluk.
And Dr. Cook is a family physician in Yellowknife.
The new members join the advisory board’s long-time chair, Nellie Cournoyea, and its vice-chair, Gordon Harkness.
Nutrition North board members serve as independent volunteers, appointed to three-year terms.
The new appointments were made public just days after the national Inuit body Inuit Tapiriiit Kanatami released its Inuit Nunangat Food Security Strategy, a plan to tackle hunger across the North.