Inuit organize widespread protest over hunger, food cost

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IQALUIT, Nunavut - Inuit in Nunavut are organizing a widespread protest Saturday to draw attention to shocking food prices that many say are adding to high levels of hunger in the territory.

Protesters are expected to rally outside grocery stores in communities across Nunavut to draw attention to the difficulty of feeding a family when a small bag of apples can cost $15.

It's an unprecedented display of concern and frustration in the territory.

A Facebook site being used to co-ordinate the protest has more than 10,000 members — over a third of Nunavut's entire population.

A rally will also be held in Ottawa.

The protest comes after the federal government dismissed concerns from a United Nations representative about food insecurity in Canada's North.

A McGill University survey found two-thirds of Inuit parents said there were times when they ran out of food for their families and couldn't afford more.

Organizations: United Nations, McGill University

Geographic location: Nunavut, IQALUIT, Ottawa Canada

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  • Rachel
    January 29, 2013 - 09:31

    How can we learn more about how to help? Is there someone we can contact to learn about how to contribute resources?