5th protest in 3 years at Iqaluit Northmart

People in Pangnirtung, Nunavut protesting high food prices in June 2013.

People in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, protesting high food prices in June 2013.

Store sells old, rotten food at expensive price, activist says

CBC News June 14, 2014

Activists in Iqaluit [the capital of Nunavut] are organizing another protest this weekend against the high price — and poor quality — of food at the local grocery story.

This is the fifth protest in three years organized by Feeding My Family, a movement meant to raise awareness about the high cost of food in the North and how that prevents many northerners from having happy, productive lives.

“I kind of see it like it’s an intimidation,” said LeeseePapatsie, founder of Feeding My Family. “We’ll-do-what-we-want-don’t-say-anything style. It wouldn’t happen down South; why is it happening up here?”

A study released in March says Inuit have the highest food insecurity rate — defined as having access to safe, healthy food — than any other indigenous population at 68 per cent. That’s nearly eight times the national average.

That’s why Papatsie continues to protest the high cost of food in Iqaluit.

She started the Feeding My Family Facebook group, which now has more than 20,000 members, back in June 2012. Two weeks later, a group of activists was at the Northmart in town.

“My main target is [getting] other Nunavummiut to stand up,” Papatise said at the time. “That’s my main target. Because this is not [the] Inuit traditional way of doing things.”

Papatsie says two years later she’s still unhappy with Northmart for selling overpriced food, some of which she says is past its sell-by date or is even rotten.


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  1. Better quality food, like live food; raw, unsalted, unoiled sunflower and pumpkin seeds and nuts, grains and beans, lentils, brown rice, and organic dried fruits. Many things can be easily sprouted. One of my favourites is alfalfa seeds. Change water 2 or 3 times for the first day, and then rinse and drain 2 or 3 times a day after that. On the last day, set in sun for chlorophyl (greening). Rinse, cool and store in fridge. Red River cereal gives much better value than processed cereals, as well as Old-fashioned Rolled Oats. Maybe a cooperative could be formed in each community to order in bulk from a compatible supplier in the South. Bulk herbs and spices are also available. There are natural food stores in the bigger cities which might have some good ideas.

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