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Food (In)Security: Food Policy and Vulnerability in Kugaaruk, Nunavut

  • Author / Creator
    Daborn, Merissa L
  • My research uses a framework of vulnerability and community economy to understand how Inuit practices of sharing need to be reflected in federal food policies for Inuit to be able to meet their food needs. I specifically draw on the work of feminist theorists such as Judith Butler, and Erin Cunniff Gilson, to consider how vulnerability that is expressed through acts of dependency and relationality can serve to meet peoples’ food needs. I also take up the work of feminist economic geographers J. K. Gibson-Graham to understand how community economic capacities in Kugaaruk are informed by and thrive through the practice of vulnerability. I interviewed a range of community members in Kugaaruk including elders, hunters, people who run community food programs, and people who use community food programs – all of whom are invested in mitigating high rates of food insecurity in the community. Food sharing, which is a long standing practice and an Inuit law, is an important aspect of successful food programming in the community and something that community members want to see continue, despite realities, such as high costs and ineffective policies, that make it a very hard practice to maintain. I argue that if the government is serious about helping reduce rates of food insecurity in Nunavut, they need to support existing community capacities that are based on Inuit values of sharing to ensure people are able to meet their food needs.

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  • Graduation date
    2017-11:Fall 2017
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R31C1TV9T
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Faculty of Native Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Robertson, Sean (Native Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Todd, Zoe (Anthropology, Carleton)
    • TallBear, Kim (Native Studies)