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Country Food and Sustainable Community Initiatives Identified as Key to Food Security

IQALUIT, Nunavut (January 24, 2013) – Access to country food and sustainable community initiatives were identified by more than 100 people who gathered this week in Iqaluit to discuss food security. They left the three-day session today with hope for a brighter future for all Nunavummiut.

Symposium participants, representing Inuit organizations, government, non-governmental organizations, retailers and community groups, recognized the importance of all community initiatives that address food insecurity, such as expanding sustainable breakfast programs for children in Nunavut.

“Seeing so many people come together to solve one of the most serious issues facing Nunavut is inspiring,” said Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak. “The Government of Nunavut is proud to be part of this process and remains committed to keeping food security a priority and to working with our partners to make a difference.”

“We are eager to be a part of a strategy that is made in Nunavut, for Nunavummiut,” said NTI President, Cathy Towtongie. “NTI is in full support and will play a pivotal role in the creation of a strategy, as co-chairs of the Nunavut Food Security Coalition.”

The symposium concluded with a statement of priorities (see attached) that the Nunavut Food Security Coalition will develop into a strategy based on the input and direction set at this week’s symposium.



Attachment: Nunavut Food Security Symposium Priorities for Action


For more information contact:

Pam Coulter
Director of Communications
Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs
Government of Nunavut
[email protected]


PJ Akeeagok
Assistant Director of Communications
Department of Corporate Services
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
Tel: 867-975-4939 Cell: 867-222-1821
Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006