Arctic Food: Canadian Participant Workshop
The Canadian leg of the project ’The Arctic as a Food Producing Region’ has held a Permanent Participant workshop with the aim to plan and set requirements for case studies and discuss the management of the project.
David Natcher, The Principal Investigator for the Canadian leg of the project, presented the program design and planned research activities.
He explained that the Arctic Region produces a significant amount of food, but most of the products produced are exported to southern markets, keeping only 10 percent of food produced in the North.
Examining the value chains of these producers, through the project, will contribute towards understanding the trends currently taking place and help to identify existing gaps and barriers in northern food markets where opportunities might exist to recapture exported goods.
Requirements were set for the case studies which included the need to have each region represented, and to include fisheries, terrestrial foods and agriculture projects
The consensus of the group was that they wanted to be able to review the outcomes of the value chain assessments and food inventory prior to choosing specific initiatives to support the project at the community level.
The focus of the workshop evolved to be how best to facilitate ongoing, regular, and meaningful feedback throughout the project life-cycle from Permanent Participants and what resources would be needed, namely a Steering Committee, that will guide the project and be assisted by a project collaborator.
The participants in the workshop came from the organizations ICC, AAC, GCI and INAC.
University of Saskatchewan,
David Natcher is a professor and director at the Indigenous Land Management Institute at the University of Saskatchewan and PI on the Canadian leg of 'The Arctic as a Food Producinf Region'. Read more about David here.
PDF from the workshop
Download a PDF of the workshop description here.
About the participants
- Gwich’in Council International (GCI) was established as a non-profit organization in 1999 by the Gwich’in Tribal Council in Inuvik, NWT, to ensure all regions of the Gwich’in Nation in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska are represented at the Arctic Council, as well as to play an active and significant role in the development of policies that relate to the Circumpolar Arctic.
- The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) is a major international non-government organization representing approximately 160,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia). Among the principal goals of ICC are to strengthen unity among Inuit of the circumpolar region and promote Inuit rights and interests on an international level;
- AAC is an international Indigenous organization that focuses on environmental issues that may affect the health and well being of Athabaskan peoples in the arctic and sub-arctic regions of North America
- Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is one of 34 federal government departments responsible for meeting the Government of Canada's obligations and commitments to First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and for fulfilling the federal government's constitutional responsibilities in the North.