Our Food NL: Nunatsiavut
The communities of Nunatsiavut face complex food security challenges that impact residents' access to traditional wild food, as well as healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate store-bought food.
In addition to being nutritious and readily available, wild foods have great cultural meaning in the region. But hunting bans, climate change, and the increasing cost of getting out on the land to fish and hunt, have made wild foods harder to access.
Store-bought foods supplement wild foods in Nunatsiavut, but its remote communities face disproportionately high costs of food, and a limited availability of healthy, desirable store food.
Working with the partners listed below, this project conducted Community-Led Food Assessments in Rigolet and Hopedale, which led to the creation of 3 new programs, and the expansion of an existing program, to help address barriers to healthy, culturally appropriate food in these communities.
Below are examples of ongoing programs and projects that resulted from this project, as well as more information on food security issues in Hopedale and Rigolet.
Wild Food & The Community Freezer Program
Wild food is the preferred food of many Nunatsiavummiut, but modern challenges are affecting residents' access to wild food in Hopedale. An expanded Community Freezer Program strives to improve the community’s access to wild foods, in the face of these challenges.
Store Food & The Good Food Box Program
Several factors affect residents' access to affordable and healthy store-bought food in Rigolet. The Good Food Box Program was designed to overcome the high costs, limited availability, and low quality of store-bought food in this community.
Grown Food & Gardening Programs
To increase residents' access to affordable produce, and to build community food self-sufficiency, Gardening Programs have been established in Rigolet & Hopedale.
Stories From Nunatsiavut (Audio Project)
In April of 2016, Food First NL and Audio Producer Annie McEwen gathered 18 stories about food programs, harvesting trips, and people in Nain, Hopedale, and Rigolet.
This project is led at the community level by the Hopedale and Rigolet Inuit Community Governments, with ongoing support from Food First NL. Funding was provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.