Tungasuvvingat Inuit opens food security centre in Ottawa

Food security program serves urban Inuit

Ontario Inuit organization Tungasuvvingat Inuit has opened a new food security centre in Ottawa’s Vanier neighbourhood. The new modular building opened its doors on Feb. 17. (Photos courtesy of Tungasuvvingat Inuit)

By Nunatsiaq News

A new food security centre for urban Inuit has opened its doors in Ottawa.

Tungasuvvingat Inuit officially opened the new modular building at 297 Savard Ave. in the city’s Vanier neighbourhood on Feb. 17.

It’s expected to support TI’s Food Security Program to meet the varied needs of urban Inuit in the city.

“The pandemic has caused significant disruptions to many communities, including the Inuit, who have faced increased food insecurity,” said TI spokesperson Joël Lamoureux in a statement.

“The Food Security Program has been in constant flux since March 2020, and the current model only provides a small section of the community with food support.”

The opening was done through a $65,600 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the organization announced earlier this month.

The grant will help TI to better engage with Inuit across Ontario and gain specific knowledge about their food security needs, which will guide future program and infrastructure development, Lamoureux said.

Food security manager Rhonda Huneault said the needs of Inuit throughout Ontario will be explored to better strategize the best way forward.

“The opening of the food security centre has allowed TI to continue its mission of providing Inuit-specific programs that contribute to the health and well-being of Inuit in the community,” Huneault said.


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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Hopefully on

    Great initiative! I hope we will see special LGBTQ2S 𝜋 (x²) days? Something to think about!

  2. Posted by Boba on

    Can a publicly funded service in Canada be restricted to ‘Inuit-only?’

    • Posted by Fett on

      Pierre Trudeau introduced Canadians to the idea that ours would be a multicultural state. Though flawed, Pierre was thoughtful and educated. He cultivated views on what national unity should look like and how it might be achieved. His wisdom can be debated, but he understood and considered statecraft very deeply.

      His son, by contrast, lacking the intellect and education of his father and, like many journalists to whom we are bound to suffer, hopelessly chained to a yeoman’s understanding of deep history has easily succumb to superficial cultural trends that have displaced the multicultural ideal (itself, a debatable one) with new and corrosive forms of tribalism.

      To be fair, JT is not the source of these trends, but merely amplifies them for short term gains and, above all, to achieve the public adoration that at a core level animates his entire political life.

      • Posted by Sadly Yes on

        Yes, sadly racist behavior of this sort is legal in Canada. Wrong of course, but legal.

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