A report released in early November to the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office by the Dietitians of Canada (DC) contains strong recommendations for the review of INAC's Nutrition North Canada (NNC) program. These recommendations are a result of consultation with DC members and key community partners across the three northern territories. The Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR) was privileged to be a part of some of these consultations, along with some of our Yukon colleagues.
Key recommendations taken directly from the report include:
- Establish program goals and indicators upon which to evaluate NNC impact, including the prevalence and severity of household food insecurity.
- Support healthy eating and food literacy through health promotion activities in all vulnerable communities.
- Mandate full transparency and accountability of NNC.
- Index the NNC subsidy to inflation and rising costs of healthy food in the North.
- Support Indigenous Peoples’ traditional food ways for long-term program sustainability.
- Promote sustainable, local food production in the North and align food and agriculture funding within the context of a national food policy.
AICBR has been given permission to post and circulate this report as it is an important part of informing the review of the program and raising the public's awareness about northern food insecurity.
For more on the Nutrition North Canada program, please visit the Government of Canada website.