Via CBC News North: Inuit go hungry more than any other indigenous group: report. Excerpt:
A new study released Thursday highlights the fact that people in Nunavut have the highest food insecurity rate for any indigenous population in a developed country at 68 per cent.
The report, published by the Canadian Council of Academies, notes that a quarter of Inuit preschoolers are severely food insecure. Of that 25 per cent, 76 per cent skip meals and 60 per cent have gone a day without eating.
The alarming data on Inuit child hunger in Nunavut was first published in 2010 following the 2007-2008 Inuit Child Health Survey.
Today's report does not present any new data or make any recommendations. Its authors say they hope their document will help develop priorities for the North and “direct northern food security research to priority areas.”
None of this comes as a surprise to Northerners.
"That's the same as it's always been here," said Rus Blanchet, who works at the Iqaluit soup kitchen. "Food is more expensive here. There's nothing anyone can do about that. They have to ship it in by plane and boat."
The report says the average cost of groceries for a family of four in Nunavut is $19,760 per year while almost half of Inuit adults earn less than $20,000 annually.
David Natcher, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, contributed to the report.
"For the folks up north, I think they're going to say 'Yeah, I'm glad you recognize this,'" he said. "For the folks in the South, I hope they're shocked and I hope they're embarrassed."
Embarrassed? We should be mortified and enraged that we've let this go on.
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