Many Indigenous communities, the original inhabitants of Northern Canada, have a rich history of a sustainable food source. However, climate change and ongoing settler colonization became serious threats to many Northern Indigenous communities’ traditional food security. Many Northern Indigenous people in Canada, notably the Inuit, Inuktitut, and Cree, are facing a food insecurity crisis that is ... [Show full abstract] substantially impacting their health and well-being. While many studies discuss food insecurity in Arctic Indigenous communities in Canada, few studies center Indigenous perspectives on food insecurity and community-based food security in Northern Canada. Food insecurity is one of the major challenges for Arctic Indigenous communities, particularly Inuit communities.
Though food insecurity is an existing problem in Northern Canada, the Covid-19 crisis has deepened the insecurity, making the community-based food system and having control of the production of food more important than ever. The community-based food system is a good starting point for decision-makers, community members, and leaders in the plan to create food security for many Inuit communities. Using decolonizing autoethnography as my research framework and methodology, I share what I’ve learned about Inuit community-based food security from Inuit Indigenous Elders, Knowledge-keepers, and leaders.