First Nations Face Higher Levels of Food Insecurity As Canada’s North Warms – The Organization for World Peace

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First Nations Face Higher Levels of Food Insecurity As Canada’s North Warms – The Organization for World Peace

by ahnationtalk on November 6, 202027 Views

First Nations in Canada face greater food insecurity as climate change threatens traditional food systems in our northern regions, a new report by Human Rights Watch shows. First Nations communities in Canada’s north have a rich history of hunting and living off the land as their diets would depend on seasonal availability. Way more than just a way to find food and feed their families, the relationship Indigenous peoples share with the environment is their lifeblood.

A warming climate is threatening this way of life. Human Rights Watch reports that Canada is warming at twice the rate of the global average, and in Canada’s north the change is even greater. Warmer winters are thawing the ice and permafrost that are essential for travel and hunting in these regions, as most “roads”—made of snow and ice—become more dangerous and unreliable to cross. As the temperature continues to track upwards and weather patterns worsen, First Nations communities will be forced to switch from traditional food sources to transported options from Canada’s south, a costly alternative. The report notes that a family of four from Peawanuck, a remote region on Hudson Bay in northern Ontario, would have to spend 30% more for healthy staple food items, compared to a family of the same size living in a city in central Canada. This would result in families needing to sacrifice a nutrient-rich diet for foods they can afford. Complicating matters further, the Canadian government’s effort to mitigate climate change by imposing a carbon tax would compound the effects of food insecurity for these communities as the federal tax would increase food prices, particularly in these northern regions.

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