Indigenous people in Northern Ontario spend more than half of income on food: report
First Nations families in Northern Ontario are spending more than half their income on groceries to meet basic nutritional requirements, according to a new report.
The report, released Monday by Food Secure Canada, is the first comprehensive study of its kind to compile and analyze the effect of high food prices in Northern Ontario communities. And, according to the report’s authors, the program aimed at fixing the problem – which the federal government is currently expanding – is broken.
Taking a list of 67 basic food items – such as peanut butter, bread, ground beef and carrots, all part of Health Canada’s National Nutritious Food Basket that represents a healthy diet – the researchers compiled grocery prices in Fort Albany, Attawapiskat and Moose Factory in June of last year.