The Prime Minister announced a number of support measures to address the unique needs of northern and remote communities. These measures include business and transportation supports as well as food security measures to keep key supply chains moving smoothly and ensure that nutritious food remains affordable.
- $72.6 million will be proportionally split between the governments of Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut to support their COVID-19 health and social services preparations and response.
- Up to $17.3 million to the governments of Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut to support northern air carriers to ensure the continued supply of food, medical supplies, and other essential goods and services to remote and fly-in communities.
- Up to $15 million in non-repayable support for businesses through CanNor in the territories to help address the impacts of COVID-19.
- Provide an additional $25 million to Nutrition North Canada to increase subsidies so families can afford much-needed nutritious food and personal hygiene products.
- The government also highlighted the Harvester’s Support Grant though no new money was attributed to it.
How this Applies to NAN Communities
While most of the funding in this announcement is targeted to communities north of 60, there are several NAN communities that are likely to benefit through increased Nutrition North Canada food subsidies and the Harvesters Support Grant:
- Nutrition North Canada Food subsidies (note, this table contains the current subsidy rates and does not reflect the funding increase as of yet)
|Community||Subsidy Rates ($/kg)|
|Targeted (Highest) Subsidy Level||Higher Subsidy Level||Lower Subsidy Level||Seasonal surface transportation (as of August 1, 2019)|
|Big Trout Lake||2.25||1.80||1.00||1.00|
|Favourable Lake (Sandy Lake)||2.25||1.80||1.00||1.00|
|North Spirit Lake||2.25||1.80||1.00||1.00|
Harvesters Support Grant
Many of these communities already benefit through the Harvesters Support Grant (delivered through Nutrition North Canada). The grant provides $40 million over five years beginning in 2019-2020, and $8 million per year in ongoing funding. Funding for the first year of the grant program has been allocated to Indigenous partners, and the Government of Canada is working to deliver the next wave of money quickly. To be clear, this is not new funding and the purpose of this funding remains to increase access to traditional foods by alleviating the high costs associated with traditional hunting and harvesting activities.
This funding is delivered through two streams:
Stream 1 – Land claim organization and self-government stream
For communities with settled land claims, grant funding is being provided to land claim organizations. These organizations will decide how the grant is spent and how harvesting support programs are administered.
Stream 2 – Communities stream
For communities without a settled land claim, an Indigenous organization representing the community will receive and administer the grant. With input from community leaders, the organization will develop the program within their region.
The funding for NAN communities appears to be funneled through two primary recipient organizations:
Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board
Length of agreement: 3 years
Total funding: $1,943,906
Mushkegowuk Tribal Council
Length of agreement: 3 years
Total funding: $569,873
|Bearskin Lake||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Big Trout Lake||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Cat Lake||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Deer Lake||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Favourable Lake (Sandy Lake)||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Fort Albany||Mushkegowuk Council|
|Fort Severn||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Kasabonika||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Keewaywin||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Kingfisher Lake||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Muskrat Dam||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|North Spirit Lake||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Pikangikum||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Poplar Hill||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Sachigo Lake||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Wawakapewin||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Weagamow Lake||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|
|Wunnummin Lake||Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board|