CanNor selected nine nominees to move forward and develop innovative strategies to improve food security in the territories

IQALUIT, NU, January 28, 2022 /CNW/ – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

Food insecurity has long been a problem in the North and the Arctic due to high labor and transportation costs, and socio-economic challenges that impact people’s ability to buy food. the food. This is why the government of Canada is committed to making strategic investments to strengthen northern food systems.

Last year, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) launched the Northern Food Innovation Challenge (NFIC), a new approach to addressing socio-economic challenges that is part of the Northern Isolated Communities Initiative (NICI) program. . The goal of the NFIC is to support innovative community-led projects for local and indigenous food production systems to help improve food security in from Canada territories.

Food Challenge seeks innovative solutions in from Canada territories

Today, the Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairie Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, announced nine projects in the three territories that have been selected to enter phase 1 of the Challenge. This represents an additional investment $2 million of the government of Canada in food security.

Nearly 50 applicants responded to the call for proposals. All nominations were thoroughly reviewed including input from external experts.

Phase 1 of the challenge is a proof of concept and test of innovative food security solutions where successful applicants are funded up to $250,000 to test their ideas. Phase 2 will be a deployment phase where up to three successful applicants from Phase 1 will be eligible to each receive up to $1 million to develop their projects. The projects selected for phase 2 will be announced in 2023.

Projects focus on community-led projects

These nine projects focus on different aspects of food insecurity in the North and use innovative community-based solutions to address these issues. These projects include testing emerging sectors for northern food production; providing financial support to hunters; create new storage and processing facilities; train community members with new skills in harvesting, processing and distribution; and create new models for sharing traditional food knowledge. To help in the development of these projects or initiatives, workshops will be organized to give applicants, experts and other interested parties the opportunity to exchange ideas and provide advice and suggestions.

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“Our government is working in partnership with northern organizations and communities to develop local, innovative and relevant solutions to overcome long-standing challenges in northern food systems. These groups have worked hard to address issues of food insecurity, and through this challenge, our government is working with them to develop their ideas and support new advances in providing long-term relief to individuals and families in their communities. »

– The Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairie Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

“Innovation and ingenuity are not new to our northern communities. Funding from the Ministry of Economic Development and Transportation will help the Qajuqturvik Community Food Center in its mission to improve food security in Nunavut. This organization shows the importance of tackling modern issues with traditional knowledge and Inuit societal values. Our government is proud of all applications submitted and, through other available funding opportunities, continues to encourage community members to create community-led initiatives and programs. »

– The Honorable Lorne Kusugak, Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, Government of Nunavut

“Food security is about more than putting food on the table. It’s about continuing to build resilience and foster innovation in the North to address key challenges in the North’s complex food systems. This partnership, this investment, will support hunters, teach community support as they learn new skills, and plant the seeds of food production in the North. Access to food, especially in our most remote communities, is a challenge for the North, and these investments will strengthen northern-focused solutions.

– The Honorable Shane Thompson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of Northwest Territories

“Every Yukoner deserves access to healthy, nutritious food at an affordable price. This investment will help address food insecurity in the territories, particularly in rural communities across yukon. We are pleased that the successful applicants support the promotion of traditional knowledge sharing and First Nations food processing training and provide local food at low or no cost to Yukoners in these communities. These are innovative initiatives that will benefit our territory for many years to come. »

Tracy-Anne McPheeMinister of Health and Social Services, Government of yukon

Fast facts

  • Of the nine projects that receive Phase 1 funding, five will benefit Nunavuttwo will benefit the Northwest Territoriesand two will benefit the yukon. These projects will be based on $2 million funding available for phase 1.

  • In Nunavutthe successful applicants are the Qajuqturvik Community Food Center (CAQQ), the Ilisaqsivik Corporation, the Hameau de Cambridge Baythe Qikiqtaaluk Business Development Corporation (QBDC) and the Aqqiumavvik Corporation.

  • In the Northwest Territoriesthe successful applicants are the Fort Simpson Métis Development Corporation (FSMDC) and a traditional community food project run by the Government of Northwest TerritoriesPolar Knowledge Canada and the University of Waterloo.

  • In the yukonsuccessful applicants are Yukon First Nations Education Branch (YFNED) and Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation (LS/CFN).

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