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A head of cabbage for $20: Canada's Inuit organize widespread protest over hunger, food cost

 
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There were no regulations on hunting.
No license fees to pay.
No negative climate damage due to industrialized nations.

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lazyskate No overkilling the game.

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Re: A head of cabbage for $20: Canada's Inuit organize widespread protest over hunger, food cost
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.

That site is now the nucleus of an unprecedented protest across Nunavut organized for Saturday to draw attention to food prices that would shock southerners.

"This is traditionally not the Inuit way, I understand that," said Leesee Papatsie, the 44-year-old Iqaluit mother of four who's organizing the event. "But we're trying to get Nunavummiut to step forward and say 'Hey, food is too expensive."'

Papatsie wants Inuit in every community in Nunavut to stand together outside their local grocery store Saturday afternoon. A similar event is being organized in Ottawa.

Weeks after the federal government dismissed concerns from a United Nations representative about food insecurity in Canada's North, turnout at the protest could be impressive. More than 10,000 people have joined the Feed My Family site -- over a third of Nunavut's entire population.

"Food insecurity is so prevalent," said Nunavut's territorial nutritionist, Jennifer Wakegijig, who tabled a report on the issue this week in the Nunavut legislature.

It found nearly three-quarters of Inuit preschoolers live in food-insecure homes. Half of youths 11 to 15 years old sometimes go to bed hungry. Two-thirds of Inuit parents also told a McGill University survey that they sometimes ran out of food and couldn't afford more.

"Every Inuit in Nunavut knows someone in their family or in their community that is hungry that day," said Papatsie.

The roots of the problem are deep and tangled.

Cost is one of them. As Ron Elliott, the MLA for the High Arctic communities of Resolute, Grise Fiord and Arctic Bay said, "We're at the end of the food chain here."

He tells of one southern Inuit family that tried to send food north to relatives. Shipping $200 worth of groceries cost $500.

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.

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Re: A head of cabbage for $20: Canada's Inuit organize widespread protest over hunger, food cost
I've been mislead

I've always been told the Inuit prefer to live the way of their ancestors

I've always been told they choose to follow their age-old culture of hunting, trapping and living simply

When did all that change ?

When did they decide to accept welfare and to sit around in Whitey built and provided housing, watching whitey provided plasmas and eating Whitey foods such as pizzas and beers ?


Oh no. And now it turns out that instead of remaining lean, mean hunting machines who indulge in a bit of culturally sensitive wife-lending --- they've become fat and lazy and addicted to white man's lifestyle


Gee, they'd be better off getting off their bums and going back to seal slaughtering, don't you think?

Otherwise, they'll end up becoming alcoholic lazy bones keen to suck on the taxpayers' teat ---- like just about every indigenous group on the planet
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Re: A head of cabbage for $20: Canada's Inuit organize widespread protest over hunger, food cost
"We are indigenous to Nunavut," she said. "Why would anybody want to move away from their homeland to ease their pain?"

Got news for those people. People do it all the time. You go where the work is. You move to a place where prices are cheaper. They need to move South and stop trying to get the Canadian taxpayers to foot their bill.

Years of government giving them whatever they want because of this "tribal guilt" has made these people feel too entitled.
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I get the connection to their homeland thing but some common sense would help here. Your fucking homeland is a waste of ice and nothingness! Move! If you're not living the life of the ancestors up there in igloos and hunting for survival, then what the fuck are you still doing there? Lost your ways but still want to claim the connection to the land is what's keeping you there? These people are fucking stupid.
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The Conservative federal government pays so much money to keep the Inuit supplied and living where they do because Canada needs a presence in the Arctic to claim it for the country. If it were not for the scattered outposts there would be no potential future bases from which to patrol the Arctic waters and in particular the sea beds, which is where states like Russia are now trying to lay claims.
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Thank God I wasn't born in the dismal north !


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Someone is clearly getting robbed. That is price gouging on steroids.
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Re: A head of cabbage for $20: Canada's Inuit organize widespread protest over hunger, food cost
f-ing idiots. They lived for thosands of years without any of this bullshit shipped in.

come on people get real, get back to your roots and turn of the f-ing dancing with stars for christs sake.

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