The Power of Northern Tales & How Farmers Help Food Banks

The Power of Northern Tales & How Farmers Help Food Banks

Michael Kusugak on Inuit Stories and Food Banks Canada

The Rundown

This episode takes us on an arctic journey where we explore the life and words of a remarkable Canadian, children’s author and storyteller  Michael Kusugak. Next, the story of how thousands of farmers across the country have assisted the Canada Food Bank to ensure food security for all Canadians and help defeat hunger even in the darkest times. 

Michael Kusugak and the Power of Stories

Michael Kusugak grew up in Repulse Bay, almost a stone’s throw from the Arctic Circle. As a child he lived a traditional Inuit life, travelling the tundra, snow and sea ice of Hudson’s Bay with his extended family and hearing, from his grandmother and other elders the stories of his people. Michael was one of the first Inuit to write those stories down and share them in books and in person with thousands of Canadian children, and adults. I had the pleasure of speaking with Michael about his life, the power of stories and a way of life dear to his heart.

Kirstin Beardsley on Food Banks Canada and Farmers

Kirstin Beardsley is the Chief Network Services Officer at Food Banks Canada. For decades food banks have been providing nutritious food to those most in need across Canada. I recently had a chance to talk with her about how farmers help especially when it comes to fresh food, even over long distances. 

End Notes

Want more Harrowsmith? No problem. Visit our website. And, you can read Vanessa’s story on ticks in the Spring issue of Harrowsmith Magazine. It’s on selected newsstands across Canada or you can order subscriptions online at

By the way, the music in the podcast? It’s by good ol’ Canadian singer, composer and friend of the ‘cast,  David Archibald. You can find more of his music at his website,

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Wayne MacPhail

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Posted on Friday, March 19th, 2021
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