In partnership with Inuit Tuttarvingat, of the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO-IT), we recently (2012) developed a three-lesson prototype that is the beginnings of a full module on Inuit food security, designed for Grade 11-12 students in Inuit regions.
The learning objectives are to:
- Explore the things in our lives that influence the foods we eat
- Find out what “food security” and “food insecurity” mean
- Be asked to make connections between food security concepts and life in your community
The expected outcomes of the instruction are to:
- Describe how our environment, health, wealth and culture can influence what we eat
- Identify and discuss three essential features of food security
- Identify four different forms of food insecurity and some of the ways they affect people in your community and elsewhere
Development of the prototype was guided by the outcomes of a stakeholder consultation in Arviat, Nunavut, in May 2011. This draft resource is a sample that could be used as the starting point for a food security learning module that would be part of a high school course. It is designed to support approximately three 45-minute periods of instruction.
The prototype was built with limited time and resources, but contains a mix of text, images and activities that provide a preliminary introduction to Inuit food security. It can be accessed at URL: http://course.inuitfoodsecurity.ca/.