Willson, Emily

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Name: Emily Willson
R
esearch Project: Addressing the ‘need’ for sustainable food security initiatives: The role of a community freezer in Hopedale, Nunatsiavut in supporting Inuit food security
Educational level: Master’s candidate in Sustainability Studies
University: Trent University
Academic background: BASc with Honours in Applied Human Nutrition (University of Guelph)
Contact information: emilywillson@trentu.ca

About the researcher:  

I am a graduate student pursuing an MA in Sustainability Studies at Trent University. I completed an undergraduate degree in Applied Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph where I developed a keen interest on the topic of food security and its impact on human health. Growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, I have also developed a strong passion to work in Northern regions of Canada. I came to Trent University to further pursue my interest in food security in the context of the Labrador Inuit in Hopedale, Nunatsiavut. Rooted in Inuit culture is a connection to wild foods that come from the local environment. This relationship with the land provides Inuit with nutritious food, and the connection with their environment supports health and cultural identity. Changes in social and natural environments currently taking place in the North are challenging the availability, access to and use of these foods by Inuit communities, and are contributing to higher rates of food insecurity in regions such as Nunatsiavut (Labrador). My research follows a mixed methods design to explore the relationship between household food security status, the nature and diversity of food needs, and the use of food support programs in the Inuit community of Hopedale, Nunatsiavut.

Awards/Scholarships/Grants: 

  • 2013-2014: Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and the Changing Environment Graduate Scholarship Award
  • 2013: ArcticNet Graduate Student Poster Award
  • 2013: Northern Scientific Training Program