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NEWS: Nunavut July 26, 2012 - 7:27 am

Feeding My Family plans August protests in Nunavut

Group calls for territory-wide protest Aug. 25

SAMANTHA DAWSON

The Feeding My Family group is organizing another food price protest for Aug. 25, from 1 to 3pm, outside of the Northmart store in Iqaluit and other Northern stores or co-ops in other communities.

Their goal is to continue raising awareness about high food costs throughout the territory.

“Together we will do this. It will not happen just like that, we have to keep on going,” organizer Leesee Papatsie wrote on the Feeding My Family Facebook wall.

So far, protests have been held in Coral Harbour, Pond Inlet, Pangnirtung, Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord, Igloolik, Clyde River, Iqaluit, Taloyoak, Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk, and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

“If communities are able to do that, we will have one voice together from all of Nunavut. When we say one simple thing, and say it all together, it will have a deeper meaning,” she said.

Papatsie wrote that it is touching when different people talk or write to her to show support for this cause. 

“We have begun to raise awareness about Nunavut and high cost of food all over the world. We are getting so much support from people wanting to help us,” she said.

The group has begun the process of starting up food banks in some of the communities.

Nunavut needs to “think about the kids, the elders and the low income families while we are doing this. It is about the future of Nunavummiut that we are taking a stand on.”

Feeding My Family drafted a food chart that compares southern and northern prices in Iqaluit and the communities, available here.

 

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