Food in Nunavut

Our vision is a Nunavut that has food sovereignty, and we strive to focus on solutions that strengthen people’s ability to acquire the food they want and need.

Food Insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
Key Pillars
Unfortunately, this is the reality faced by a large percentage of Nunnavummiut today. There are many contributing factors to the issue of food security in Nunavut, historic, social and geographical.

Understanding these factors is key to our ability to support our community and work towards our vision.

Local food systems

The territory known today as Nunavut is a land of abundance. Inuit have subsisted on the flora and fauna for generations and have developed unique tools and techniques for their harvest. A strong and unique food culture developed without the need for agriculture or animal husbandry.

Food insecurity in the North

Access to good, healthy food is a basic human right. QCFC works to improve food access, food skills and advocacy in Iqaluit and Nunavut as a whole, one meal at a time.

Food costs in Iqaluit are over double the national average

Over half of households in Nunavut are food insecure

Only 1/6 of daily calorie intake in Nunavut comes from local country food

Articles for further reading:

Household Food Insecurity in CanadaWhat is Food Insecurity?Inuit History and HeritageFood Sovereignty and Harvesting
How you can help
The support we receive from our community is important and has an direct impact on hundreds of Iqalummiut on a daily basis. You can help us in the following ways: