Niqihaqut

Taloyoak village
Year:
2020
Region:
Nunavut
Type:
Laureate
Theme:
Food security, Revitalization of Language & Culture, Skills development
Category:
AIP

A persistent problem confronting Inuit communities is food security. Store-bought food is expensive, and many Inuit children show up for school hungry. Lack of access to country food has implications for Inuit culture, traditions and social relations. Niqihaqut won $451,000 to develop a new model of social economy and food sovereignty anchored in the protection of Aviqtuuq (the Boothia Peninsula). The project will address food security through sustainable and innovative harvesting, and the processing and use of country foods, all guided by Inuit values. It hopes to provide local incomes, contribute to healthier diets, and help preserve local knowledge.

Nominator: Frank Tester
Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, The University of British Columbia; Adjunct Professor of Native Studies, University of Manitoba
Team:
Jimmy Oleekatalik, Manager, Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Organization (Team Leader), Tad Tulurialik, Kublu Tucktoo, Joe Ashevak, Linsday Anaija, Paul Okalik, Brandon Laforest, Vincent L’Hérault