Minister Aglukkaq Highlights the Important Role of the Nutrition North Canada External Advisory Board
March 14, 2011

ARVIAT, NUNAVUT– The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Member of Parliament for Nunavut, Regional Minister for the North and Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today joined Elizabeth Copland, Chair of the Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board, to emphasize the Board’s commitment to represent the views of Northerners.

The Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board was brought together to provide Northerners with a strong voice in the implementation of this new northern retail subsidy program,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “We have listened to Northerners and have made adjustments to the Nutrition North Canada program based on their feedback.  We will continue to do so as we move forward with the program.”

Nutrition North Canada’s new retail subsidy model will begin on April 1, 2011. An expanded list of food and non-food items eligible for subsidy will give retailers and shoppers more time to adjust to the new program. This expanded list will remain until October 1, 2012. The program is designed to be flexible, as demonstrated by the announcement last week of a revised eligibility list.

The purpose of implementing the Nutrition North Canada External Advisory Board was to foster engagement with Northerners, enhance the transparency of the new program, and to provide information and advice to help guide the management of Nutrition North Canada.

“This Advisory Board will continue to play an integral role in this program,” said Minister Duncan. “The Board's input will help ensure that Nutrition North Canada focuses on access to fresh, healthy and affordable food in the North and that the voices of Northerners continue to be heard.”

“On behalf on the Advisory Board, I would like to reiterate that our role is to focus on monitoring program performance and accountability after Nutrition North Canada is implemented on April 1, 2011,” said Ms. Copland “This program is an opportunity to improve the well-being of Northerners.”                                                                                           

The members of the Board, who are from communities across the North, were selected by Minister Duncan in consultation with Minister Aglukkaq and were appointed to a three-year term. Board members were chosen based on their overall experience and their ability to expand public awareness.

Nutrition North Canada benefits people living in eligible communities in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Nutrition North Canada - Bringing Fresh, Healthy Food to Northern Homes

Backgrounder - Advisory Board Member Biographies

Backgrounder - Advisory Board Terms of Reference