Abstract for: Investigating food insecurity using a qualitative system dynamics model: the case of remote northern communities of Canada

Food insecurity is an important public health issue in Canada and is associated with various health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and depression. It is a pervasive problem among indigenous peoples living in remote northern communities of Canada that lack year-round surface access to southern supply hubs. Considering the unique characteristics of these communities, including their remoteness, severe weather conditions, and the complex interactions between traditional and market food, the northern food system is a highly complex system. This research studies the food insecurity problem of remote northern communities in Canada by pairing a qualitative system dynamics model with a scoping review to understand this complex system.