Caribou Consumption in Northern Canadian Communities

  • Author / Creator
    Chiu, Angie G
  • The health of caribou (Rangifer tarandus) is impacted by multiple risk factors, which may affect availability of caribou for consumption. From analysis of secondary dietary intake data, consuming caribou was found to be positively related to measures of diet quality—caloric intake and dietary diversity score. Other country foods, beef, or pork may be substituted for caribou with increases in opportunity cost and out-of-pocket costs for obtaining caribou. Caribou consumption levels are predicted to vary across and within regions. Communities with older populations, lower employment rates and access to stores are likely to be impacted more by changes in the health of caribou. Analysis of federal survey data highlights the potential constraints on consumption of country meat and fish—increased household employment activity supports participation in harvesting, but leads to a decreased likelihood of consuming high levels of country meat and fish.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2013
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    Master of Science
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