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Joint Statement by President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Mr. Terry Audla, and President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council – Canada, Mr. Duane Smith on the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel Report on Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada

Statement: March 27, 2014

Ottawa, ON - Food insecurity among Inuit is being recognized as a serious and urgent challenge by an evidenced-based report by the Council of Canadian Academies entitled An Assessment of the State of Knowledge on Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada.

In response to this report, Mr. Terry Audla and Mr. Duane Smith made the following statement:

“For many Inuit living in northern Canada, food insecurity continues to be a significant struggle. We have seen first-hand that it is having a negative impact on northern individuals, families and communities, and also on the larger Canadian health care system and economy.

“Addressing food insecurity requires immediate attention. This report reflects our long-standing belief that the collaborative work of communities, Inuit organizations, governments, researchers and other key partners is required if sustainable solutions are to be realized. Inuit leaders support the conclusion of the Council report that states: ‘Canada is in a position of strength to address the challenge of food insecurity. We have the tools and knowledge to build food security in the North, which is our collective responsibility.’

“On behalf of Inuit in Canada, we welcome the release of the report and acknowledge the important evidence it presents. It reaffirms the need to address food insecurity in Inuit Nunangat and the need to involve the people and communities most impacted by food insecurity in the development of long-term solutions.”