Northern Food Networks: Building Collaborative Efforts for Food Security in Remote Canadian Aboriginal Communities

Authors

  • Rebecca Schiff Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Fern Brunger Memorial University of Newfoundland

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.033.012

Keywords:

Collaboration, Community Food Assessment, Industrial Development, Network, Northern, Remote

Abstract

Canada's northern and remote regions experience high rates of food insecurity, exceptionally high food costs, environmental concerns related to contamination and climate change, and a diversity of other uniquely northern challenges related to food production, acquisition, and consumption. As such, there is a need to understand and develop strategies to address food-related concerns in the North. The diversity of communities across the North demands the tailoring of specific, local-level responses to meet diverse needs. Over the past decade, local networks have emerged as a powerful method for developing localized responses, promoting food security and the development of more sustainable food systems across Canada and North America. Despite this, there is a paucity of research examining challenges and effective approaches utilized by these local networks or their potential applicability for building food security in rural, remote, and northern communities. This research utilized participant observation as a method to examine the experiences of a Northern Canadian food security network. The experience of this network points to strategies that can lead to successful collaborative approaches aimed at implementing programs to address food security in northern and remote communities.

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Author Biographies

Rebecca Schiff, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Assistant Professor, Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine.

Fern Brunger, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Associate Professor, Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine.

Published

2013-06-21

How to Cite

Schiff, R., & Brunger, F. (2013). Northern Food Networks: Building Collaborative Efforts for Food Security in Remote Canadian Aboriginal Communities. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 3(3), 31–45. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.033.012

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Open Call Papers