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Inuit Nunangat School Food Program: Nominal Cost Projections 2023

By December 19, 2023 No Comments

Inuit in Canada experience the highest documented prevalence of food insecurity of any Indigenous people in an industrialized country. Yet there is no coordinated, national approach to addressing Inuit food insecurity.

A report co-developed by ITK, Inuit partners and the federal government has found that the well-being of students in Inuit Nunangat would benefit from a coordinated school food program.

Our 2023 report makes a case for the delivery of a cost-effective, accessible, and Inuit-specific meal program to be implemented in the 75 schools in Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland encompassing 51 communities across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Québec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador). This costing model was revised in September 2023 to reflect inflation.

ITK is seeking $1.79 billion to implement and sustain a school food program across Inuit Nunangat over the next 15 years. The implementation of the program would require secure, long-term investments in human resources and infrastructure.