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NEWS: Nunavut August 24, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Feeding my Family plans Aug. 25 food protest in Nunavut

"We have to find a way to stop this high cost of food in Nunavut”

SAMANTHA DAWSON
Leesee Papatsie (first on the right) with Imoe Papatsie, Louisa Willoughby, Brian Willoughby and Simeonie Willoughby at the start of a demonstration against high food prices held June 9 across the road from the Northmart store in Iqaluit. A similar protest is planned for Aug. 15. (FILE PHOTO)
Leesee Papatsie (first on the right) with Imoe Papatsie, Louisa Willoughby, Brian Willoughby and Simeonie Willoughby at the start of a demonstration against high food prices held June 9 across the road from the Northmart store in Iqaluit. A similar protest is planned for Aug. 15. (FILE PHOTO)

Fed up with the high cost of food in Nunavut?

Another Nunavut-wide food price protest is planned for Aug. 25 by the Feeding My Family group.

The protest will take place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in front of NorthMart in Iqaluit. Similar protests are planned in front of grocery stores in Grise Fiord, Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Pangnirtung, Gjoa Haven, Arviat and Kugluktuk.

This marks the third time Nunavummiut have protested the high cost of food in Iqaluit and in communities throughout Nunavut.

Protests in support of the Nunavut have also been held on Parliament Hill over the summer.

“We need to do it for the kids, elders, single parents and people living pay check to pay check,” Iqaluit organizer Leesee Papatsie wrote on the Feeding My Family Facebook page wall.

Even though “it is scary and something that we Inuit were taught not to do, but we have to find a way to stop this high cost of food in Nunavut,” she wrote.

The goal is for protesters to stand together as one “we have to help one another for this cause.”

Even if someone just wants to show up to a protest, that is still doing something, she said.

Iqaluit resident Louisa Willoughby agrees.

She’s making a sign stating, “Are we Canadians?” to bring to the Iqaluit protest Aug. 25, along with some members of her family.

Though her adult children have grown up, she still has three adoptive children to feed.

“Even if it does make me tired, I want to go to every one,” she said of the protests.

The Aug. 25 protest is “a must thing to do” in order to inform other Canadians about the situation, she said.

Willoughby went door-to-door collecting signatures for a food-price petition after the first Iqaluit protest.

“The people are waiting for something like this, it’s not just the people on the Internet,” she said.

Inuit are “not relaxed because of the worry we have about food, if we don’t have food in our stomachs, we can’t think properly,” she added.

The prices are not only frustrating but degrading, she said.

The plan is for people to gather outside of Northmart, the Northern of co-op stores or anywhere else that sells food, to protest the high prices of food in the communities.

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