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NEWS: Nunavut May 13, 2013 - 10:39 am

Nunavut food security strategy ready by June, Ell says

GN to unveil plan at Nunavut roundtable

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Nunavut Food Security Coalition strategy and action plan should be completed by June, Monica Ell, the minister of family services, said May 9 in the legislative assembly.

The Nunavut Food Security Symposium was held this past January and a draft strategy was completed in March.

The coalition, which brings government, Inuit organizations, the private sector and non-governmental organizations together to talk about how to improve food security in Nunavut communities, is now working on the final strategy and an action plan.

Actions include increasing support for harvesters, improving public understanding of nutrition, providing budgeting and food preparation skills, ensuring greater access to local food sources, and making sure there’s support for community food programs, such as breakfast programs, Ell said.

The Department of Family Services is now responsible for the coalition. Its action plan will receive final approval at the next meeting of the Nunavut Food Security Coalition later this month.

Both the strategy and action plan will be presented to participants at the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction meetings June 10 to June 12.

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