We will promote country food as a foundational food for Nunavummiut.
Country food is a basic food for Nunavummiut. It is important because it:
- Gives excellent nutrition.
- Plays a critical role in Inuit culture.
- Contributes to strong, sustainable, self-reliant communities.
There is concern that Nunavummiut eat less country food today than in the past. Many factors affect access to country food:
- Loss of traditional knowledge.
- High cost of harvesting equipment.
- Rapid population growth.
- Poverty that limits people’s ability to pursue traditional activities.
- Changing food preferences.
- Changing climate conditions that restrict access to harvesting areas and impact wildlife.
- Scarcity of wildlife due to population fluctuations.
A secure food system in Nunavut depends on access to country food.
|1.1||Support harvesters so they can pursue traditional livelihoods.|
|1.2||Help ensure that Nunavummiut who are most vulnerable to food insecurity are able to access country food.|
|1.3||Promote the continuation of informal country food sharing networks.|
|1.4||Explore sustainable commercialization of country food.|
|1.5||Improve community-based infrastructure that provides harvesters with places to store, prepare, share and, as appropriate, sell their harvests.|
|1.6||Seek a balance between the needs of Nunavummiut and the principles of wildlife conservation.|
Encourage consumption of a wider variety of country food.