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Climate change and food security in regional Inuit centers

Food insecurity is a chronic problem affecting many Inuit communities and is likely to predispose Inuit food systems to the negative effects of climate change. Using in-depth case studies, this project will identify and characterize the vulnerability of food systems in four regional Inuit centers (RIC) (Iqaluit, Arviat, Inuvik and Kuujjuak) to climate change as a basis for identifying adaptation entry points.

The work will focus specifically on the food security of at-risk populations within RICs in a changing climate, defined to include individuals who use community food programs on a regular basis and who by definition experience chronic food insecurity.

The project has five primary objectives:

1) Document and describe the nature of food insecurity among at-risk populations in RICs

2) Characterize the environmental, biological and socio-economic determinants of their food insecurity

3) Document coping strategies to manage food shortages

4) Examine the pathways through which climate change might affect food insecurity for at-risk peoples in RICs

5) Identify opportunities and priori-ties for adaptation intervention in the context of rapid current and future change.

The project will work closely with community members, has established partnerships with a number of regional and community organizations.


Study site locations

Iqaluit, Arviat, Inuvik and Kuujjuak


Local collaborations

Gwen Healey, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre (AHRN-NU), Iqaluit, NU

Shirley Tagalik, Arviat Health Com-mittee, Arviat, Nunavut

David Wilman and Elisapi Davidee-Aningmiuq, Iqaluit Tukisigiarvik So-ciety, Iqaluit, Nunavut

Susan Chatwood, Institute for Cir-cumpolar Health Research, Yellow-knife, NWT


Project contact information:

Dr James Ford
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Geography
McGill University 

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