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Report says northern indigenous food costs too high

Report says northern indigenous food costs too high

OTTAWA — A new report says people living in Ontario’s remote north spend more than half their income on food. The report, from Food Secure Canada, found northern reserve homes had to spend 50% of the household income for a basic nutritious diet. A healthy food basket for a family of four in Attawapiskat can

OTTAWA — A new report says people living in Ontario’s remote north spend more than half their income on food.

The report, from Food Secure Canada, found northern reserve homes had to spend 50% of the household income for a basic nutritious diet.

A healthy food basket for a family of four in Attawapiskat can come up to as much as $2000 compared to about $800 for the same amount of food in Toronto.

The report says reducing food prices in the north is unlikely to resolve the issue and says making healthy foods accessible is the proper solution.

Food Secure Canada is calling on all levels of Canadian governments to make food access a basic human right.

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Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow is Onondaga under the wing of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations. Nahnda has been a journalist with the Two Row Times since it's founding in 2013. She is a self-proclaimed "rez girl" who brings to the Two Row Times years of experience as a Haudenosaunee cultural interpreter, traditional dancer and beadwork aficionado. Nahnda is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

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