An Iqaluit resident protests high food prices in the summer of 2012. The federal government has appointed three new Inuit members to the Nutrition North Canada advisory board. (File photo)

Nutrition North gets three new Inuit board members

Brenda Jancke, Beth Kotierk and Janice Grey-Scott appointed to federal advisory body

By Nunatsiaq News

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.

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(13) Comments:

  1. Posted by Old Timer on

    Will see more high prices at the reoff store northern for doing this then they will raise prices again nutrition north program is just a big profit for northern stores

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  2. Posted by Ram Bler on

    Therein the feedback we have so much optimism what could possibly…

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  3. Posted by Interesting Selection on

    I tend to agree this will not change anything except increase the subsidies that Northwest Company rarely passes on to customers. Nutrition North is a CASH COW for the bigger retailers who can afford to use their own planes to move freight. The subsidy is paying the freight cost and the margin is lining their pockets. Point in question. Northwest would never had thrown the Banana’s in the garbage if they were paying anything for them. The company was built on providing a services and getting the best possible return.
    Interesting as well the fact that the story highlights the background of most members except Mr. Harkness who is a retired District Manager from Northwest Company who until recently has been doing reprofiling and relief jobs for Northwest. Coming from a company that thinks profit before customer service everyday.
    My question would be is this intentional on behalf of the Minister or intentional to serve the greater good of Northwest Company??

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  4. Posted by Economics 101 on

    Stores in the north have two revenue streams.
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    1. Money they get from those who purchase the goods they sell.
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    2. Money they get from Nutrition North for shipping goods north.
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    Bananas are cheap for the stores to buy. When the shipping “subsidy” exceeds the shipping cost by mor that their purchase cost of bananas, they will ship bananas north and throw them out if necessary because they still make money doing so.

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  5. Posted by Iqalumiu on

    First air and Canadian north going to collect the money instead. First air staff and Canadian staff And staff from out side nunavut gets free food from north mart here in iqaluit.

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  6. Posted by Iqalumiu on

    Inuits working for First Air and Canadian North here in iqaluit dont get free food from north mart. Only staffs who are from out side the Nunavut working here in iqaluit gets to get free food from NORTH MART.
    See the money well be taken by
    Canadian Air is going to collect the money.

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  7. Posted by Cargo Jet on

    While we can all blame the North West Company and pat ourselves on the back and call it a day, is it really that simple? For example, if profits were so lucrative in the North, why hasn’t any other big retailers come up here? You don’t believe that Wal Mart can lease a jet? Also, have you read the news lately? Record inflation down South. Some of that is due to Justin’s carbon tax which is driving up the cost of food everywhere. And there’s likely to be more inflation to come with Justin’s poor management of our country’s finances. Hey, I’m not saying that the NWC are angels, they’re not. They’re in it to make a profit, that’s what businesses do. But this is a multi dimensional issue that will take a lot of work to fix.

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    • Posted by CargoJet2 on

      NWC will do what it takes to continue profiting as much as they can. There have been competition they can wait out until they go bankrupt or realize NWC can afford to cut some product costs until the competitor has no other choice but to wrap up. Happened in many small towns trying to compete against them. They are ruthless raking in the profits.

      • Posted by John W Paul Murphy on

        Ah! Can you tell me what competition you are referring to other than the Co-op stores?

  8. Posted by Think About It on

    It blows my mind reading these comments. No one ever complains about the management and staff making more then anywhere else, or the fact that operating and maintaining the building cost more, but OMG the groceries better be the same price as down South.

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