Nunavut By The Numbers: Stats Show High Cost, Low Prospects Of Northern Life

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The town of Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory, Canada, about 200 miles (321 kms) south of the Arctic Circle is seen on Monday, Feb. 26, 2007. High food prices and pervasive poverty in Nunavut mean hunger is a fact of life in the territory, despite an array of services, a revival of country foods and a strong spirit of community co-operation. | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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IQALUIT, Nunavut - High food prices and pervasive poverty in Nunavut mean hunger is a fact of life in the territory, despite an array of services, a revival of country foods and a strong spirit of community co-operation. Some numbers:

Number of families using the Niqinik Nuatsivik Food Bank every two weeks in 2001: 30

Now: 120

Population of Nunavut in 2014: 36,585 people of which 80 per cent are Inuit, and more than a third are under 15 years old.

Employment growth: 7,200 out of 14,000 people over the age of 15 had a job in 2004; now 12,600 out of 23,000 people over 15 are working. That's an employment rate of about 52 per cent a decade ago and just over 54.5 per cent now.

Unemployment rate in 2004: 13.6 per cent.

Unemployment rate in November 2014: 11.7 per cent.

Unemployment rate across Canada in November 2014: 6.6 per cent.

Unemployment rate among Inuit in Nunavut: 18.7 per cent in 2004; 16.5 per cent now.

Percentage of the population receiving welfare: 49.1 — the highest in the country. British Columbia was second at 10.5 per cent.

Cost of a return flight to Ottawa: $2,500.

Cost of a meal for one in a nice Iqaluit restaurant: Approximately $100.

Cost of two litres of orange juice at an Iqaluit grocer: $26.29.

Cost for four litres of milk: $10.39, with a sign advising shoppers it would have been $20.91 without a federal subsidy.

Average cost of chicken in Nunavut: $16 per kilogram.

Average cost of chicken across Canada: $7 per kilogram.

Average cost of 2.5 kilograms of flour in Nunavut: $13

Average cost of 2.5 kilograms of flour across Canada: $5

Percentage drop in food prices since last year: four.

Percentage of Inuit households considered food insecure: 70. That's eight times the national average.

Sources: The Canadian Press, Statistics Canada, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, 2014 Nunavut Food Price Survey, Inuit Health Survey.

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