Effects of Modernization, Global Pollution, Climate Change on Food Security among Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic

The importance of traditional/country food as a critical resource for the health and wellbeing of Indigenous populations in the Arctic is well documented.  However, modernization and environmental changes have affected the availability and accessibility of these foods, contributing to  alarming rates of food insecurity among many Indigenous communities.  Innovative approaches in research methodology, public health intervention/adaptation programs, and integrative wildlife/food system management programs are needed.  This paper was presented at the ISGP Signature Series conference “Food Security and Diet-linked Public Health Challenges,”  convened Sept. 20-23, 2015, in Fargo, North Dakota, U.S., in cooperation with North Dakota State University.