“Stop sending expired food”….”fried chicken 64.99”
IQALUIT, Nunavut — A head of cabbage for $20. Fifteen bucks for a small bag of apples.
A case of ginger ale: $82.
Fed up and frustrated by sky-high food prices and concerned over widespread hunger in their communities, thousands of Inuit have spent weeks posting pictures and price tags from their local grocery stores to a Facebook site called Feed My Family.
WHAT IN THE FUCK? This shit is not okay.
ughhslfkajsdlf gross gross gross
Reblogging for the extra articles.
Also… I might show up to this protest and support them.
Pay attention to this stuff, please, followers who haven’t heard about this! This kind of thing is completely erased in news media.
This is really important, especially the extra articles about conservationists. Also, it’s worth reading through the facebook group (lots of interesting discussion about “healthy” food and if folks should be buying soda or “snacks”) and the original article, which includes this quote:
“But Inuit don’t always have the skills to make the best use of the resources they’ve got, Wakegijig acknowledges. ‘There’s just been a whole shift in the food supply for people that are now living in communities. And that shift in food supply didn’t necessarily bring with it knowledge about or how to prepare southern types of food,’ she said.”
I think the key point in this quote is that “southern” food is not cutting it in Nunavut/for people who are Inuit. Thinking about how southern food (which, as far as I can tell, essentially means settler food — stuff imported from the southern parts of Canada to the Northern grocery stores) is insufficient brings up an interesting point regarding the “conservationist” efforts: these “conservationist”/”activist” type people (settlers) are cutting off people from Nunavut/people who are Inuit from traditional* food sources (they do this by trying to “protect” the whales, seals, etc. from hunters, mostly). By cutting off these food sources and making southern food the norm (stocking it in grocery stores, etc — there might even be something here that is a result of things like boarding schools and forced assimilation policies but I don’t know enough about Canadian history to say that for sure…though I believe that is the case in similar situations in the US) the “conservationists” and settler governments are impeding folks who are Inuit/from Nunavut from being self-sufficient while also not providing them with food to live on. This is (a grossly understated) example of the legacy of settler-colonialism. Settlers keeping the Indigenous/Native population oppressed and in limbo, this is Homi Bhabha’s “almost the same, but not quite” in action.
So. Just a thought or two. Don’t let this issue fall by the wayside, folks.
*this is a loaded word: in this little thought-train, all I mean by “traditional” is what is described in the article from the original post as “country food” (see: ”Nunavut’s larder of “country food” — caribou, seals, fish and other animals — is there for the taking, but only if people can afford the snowmobiles, gas, rifles, ammunition and gear needed to travel safely. Elliott estimates hunting costs about $150 a day.”)
Canada’s national Inuit group, Inuit Tapirisat Kanatami, reports 42 per cent of Inuit say hunting is too expensive.
(Source: , via polerin)