Vol 12 No 1 (2020)

Government Support for Aquaponics Systems for Cree Communities in Northern Ontario

karolina stecyk
Athabasca University Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Published March 8, 2020


Cree communities in northern Ontario face food insecurity due high food costs, accessibility issues, and lack of food availability that ultimately leads to health concerns. The communities are actively involved in initiatives to reduce and eliminate food insecurity. Aquaponics systems are a solution that could reduce food insecurity because it is an environmentally beneficial method with commercial success and it permits the development of local, fresh, and culturally appropriate fish, fruits, and vegetables. Using the principles of good governance and working in collaborative partnerships, the Government of Ontario could develop a subsidized program that implements aquaponics systems in indigenous homes or in a community.