As part of the September 2016 mandate letter for the Minister of Housing and the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Ontario is working towards developing a food security strategy that addresses physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. A range of ministries will be supporting this work, including the Ministries of Community and Social Services; Health and Long-Term Care; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; and Children and Youth Services.
As a partner to this initiative, the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation (MIRR) is engaging with Indigenous partners and communities on ideas on addressing the issue of food security in Ontario. As part of this engagement, MIRR has prepared the attached questionnaire for the purposes of gathering information on the key issues, barriers and challenges to food security, and to better understand Indigenous perspectives on promising practices and community-led solutions.
Through the questionnaire, the Ministry is open to hearing about a broad range of ideas to address this issue, which could include supporting local community programs to addressing barriers to traditional food activities to expanding economic opportunities. Please note the responses are anonymous and so no identifying information is requested or collected.
If you are interested in participating in this anonymous survey please email Consultation@rsmin.ca by May 31, 2017 and we can provide you with the link.