GNWT: Anti-Poverty Roundtable Focuses on Food Security

Press Release

January 29, 2021

A two-day virtual Anti-Poverty Roundtable wrapped up on January 27 with a commitment by members to increase food security in the Northwest Territories (NWT) with  locally produced, harvested and affordable food – a commitment outlined in the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) mandate.

The purpose of this year’s roundtable was to foster engagement and participation about what all levels of government, non-government organizations, community service providers, and the private sector can do collectively to address food security. The 47 participants at the Roundtable included representatives from Indigenous governments, community governments, non-governments, industry and the federal government.

The roundtable participants discussed GNWT food security programming, visioning, harvesting, local food production, Indigenous food sovereignty, and methods to promote collaboration to maximize impact in addressing food insecurity.

The GNWT continues to take action to support residents in accessing local sources of fresh food and ensuring future generations have the skills they need to feed their families through its renewed Territorial Anti-Poverty Action Plan, Sustainable Livelihoods Action Plan, and the Agriculture Strategy.


“Food insecurity continues to be a major issue in our territory and the issue is further compounded by the rising costs of transportation and food prices.  The GNWT continues to take action but will take collective efforts to increase food production and decrease hunger.  The value of these roundtables is the opportunity to learn from one another, and take  a coordinated approach to tackle food insecurity.

– Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services

Quick facts

  • The GNWT is committed to reducing poverty in the NWT by working with its partners to advance the Territorial Anti-Poverty Action Plan.
  • Anti-Poverty Roundtables provide an ongoing forum for shared learning and collaboration.
  • This year, the Roundtable was modified to adhere to public health orders by hosting a virtual event.

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Damien Healy
Manager, Communications
Department Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories


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