Nunavut children going to school hungry, senators told

 By Jeff Pelletier  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Children in Nunavut are going to school hungry due to the high cost of food, according to a Pond Inlet educator who testified Wednesday before a Canadian Senate committee. Dina Koonoo Arreak, a 28-year-old early childhood program manager at Pirurvik Preschool, was one of five youth representatives selected to speak to the Senate Committee on Indigenous Peoples in a hearing on education barriers in Inuit, First Nations and Metis communities. Brian Francis, a Mi’kmaw senator from Prince Edward Island, directly asked Koonoo Arreak if children show up to school without breakfast. Her answer: yes. “I’ve seen many families that aren’t able to afford  food  that can last them to another pay,” Koonoo Arreak told senators. “From my work, we sometimes distribute food for…

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