Bridging Insecurities: A Post Colonial Analysis of Food Security in the Canadian North

by Saralyn Tyler

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The United Nations Organization recognizes that all people should have the right to food. However, in north of the 60th parallel in Canada, where climate changes are significant, food security is being threatened. Canadians together with the federal government must now consider how to strengthen food security in the Canadian North. Through an anti colonial lens, this paper will look at the federal government’s challenges as to its ability to support local initiatives in their efforts to demolish existing food insecurities. The result is continued decolonization by the Canadian government, while food security is strengthened by efforts such as renewed appreciation for traditional Indigenous foods, and new arctic farming strategies by locals.


post colonialism, food security, greenhouse farming, traditional foods


Saralyn Tyler is a fourth year Canadian Studies student at Carleton University. Originally from Toronto, she has enjoyed living in Ottawa immensely over the last few years. Saralyn in an avid learner with particular interest in the intersections of Indigenous Studies and Canadian politics.