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Nunavut's hunger problems, by the numbers

People make their way through the -46 C with wind chill temperatures in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Monday, December 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
December 14, 2014 - 12:12 PM

IQALUIT, Nunavut - High food prices and pervasive poverty in Nunavut mean hunger is a fact of life in the territory, despite an array of services, a revival of country foods and a strong spirit of community co-operation. Some numbers:

Number of families using the Niqinik Nuatsivik Food Bank every two weeks in 2001: 30

Now: 120

Population of Nunavut in 2014: 36,585 people of which 80 per cent are Inuit, and more than a third are under 15 years old.

Employment growth: 7,200 out of 14,000 people over the age of 15 had a job in 2004; now 12,600 out of 23,000 people over 15 are working. That's an employment rate of about 52 per cent a decade ago and just over 54.5 per cent now.

Unemployment rate in 2004: 13.6 per cent.

Unemployment rate in November 2014: 11.7 per cent.

Unemployment rate across Canada in November 2014: 6.6 per cent.

Unemployment rate among Inuit in Nunavut: 18.7 per cent in 2004; 16.5 per cent now.

Percentage of the population receiving welfare: 49.1 — the highest in the country. British Columbia was second at 10.5 per cent.

Cost of a return flight to Ottawa: $2,500.

Cost of a meal for one in a nice Iqaluit restaurant: Approximately $100.

Cost of two litres of orange juice at an Iqaluit grocer: $26.29.

Cost for four litres of milk: $10.39, with a sign advising shoppers it would have been $20.91 without a federal subsidy.

Average cost of chicken in Nunavut: $16 per kilogram.

Average cost of chicken across Canada: $7 per kilogram.

Average cost of 2.5 kilograms of flour in Nunavut: $13

Average cost of 2.5 kilograms of flour across Canada: $5

Percentage drop in food prices since last year: four.

Percentage of Inuit households considered food insecure: 70. That's eight times the national average.

Sources: The Canadian Press, Statistics Canada, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, 2014 Nunavut Food Price Survey, Inuit Health Survey.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2014
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