Moving from understanding to action on food security in the Canadian Arctic
In 2014 the Canadian Council of Academies expert panel assessment on Aboriginal food security in northern Canada concluded “that there is a food crisis in northern Canada. This crisis, which is more evident in Aboriginal (sic) populations, has long-term implications for the health and well-being of these communities” (CCA, 2014: 193). IN cooperation with and support of the regional food security working groups/coalitions in each of the 4 Inuit land claims regions and at the National level, the current project will address key identified challenges and limitations in our current understanding of the issue of Inuit food (in)security. It will: (1) Conduct knowledge user-directed analysis of previously existing and recently generated food (in)security datasets to examine issues of scale, sub-group vulnerability within populations, temporal change, and the role of key eterminants influencing Inuit food (in)security status including previously excluded characteristics of regional and community food environments; (2) Develop and apply a common implementation analysis approach to document and evaluate the role of candidate pilot initiatives in addressing Inuit food (in)security in each of the participating regions; (3) Qualitatively validate currently used food security tools in each region and explore tool adaptation via generation of and recognition for more region-specific and culturally appropriate definitions/conceptualizations of Inuit food (in)security; and (4) Support knowledge translation and synthesis with Inuit regional and national knowledge users / decision makers via face-to-face presentations and discussions, knowledge synthesis workshops, iterative analysis to support policy and action-oriented discussions and considerations at various scales, and the provision of various forms of communication and knowledge synthesis materials at the request of regional partners.