National Aboriginal Day: Speak up for food security
The gap in Canada’s food security is widening for Aboriginals. This June 21 tell Harper: food is a human right!
This National Aboriginal Day, June 21, tens of thousands of Aboriginal people in Canada including children, will experience hunger, and the insecurity of not knowing when they’ll eat next.
Unfortunately, in Canada, there is a growing disparity between the rich and the poor, and in particular between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians, leaving 2-3 million men, women and children across the country food insecure.
Access to sufficient, safe, healthy, adequate food is not only a fundamental human right, but it also has a profound impact on the productivity of our workforce. Food insecurity increases poor health and drives up healthcare costs. Yet this Conservative government continues to deny that Canada has a problem, all the while ignoring the 800,000 Canadian households in crisis.
It is time that this government addresses this disparity on an urgent basis, and works consultatively with community groups, provincial and territorial governments, Aboriginal organizations and producers to develop and implement a national food policy.
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