Food insecurity affects Indigenous and Northern communities in Canada at much, much higher rates than others.
According to Proof Food Policy Research Institute, Food Secure Canada, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal,
Food security affects:
of Canadian households
of Indigenous households
of households in Nunavut
of households in Northern ontario
HISTORICAL DRIVERS AND ROOT CAUSES
Food insecurity in Indigenous communities is related to:
Less consumption of traditional foods (wild meat, fish, plants).
More consumption of store-bought food
Challenges with local food production
Poverty and a high cost of living
Social assistance rates are the same in the North as in the South - but compare a standard grocery list in Nunavut to one in the rest of Canada:
Avg cost in Canada
Avg cost in Nunavut