Winter road networks are key for remote communities. Last week, the deputy grand chief for Nishnawbe Aski Nation -- Jason Smallboy -- made a virtual presentation tot he standing committee on Northern and Indigenous Affairs.

In his presentation last week, he talked about the importance of fuel for his communities, as well as food security for the Far North.

"What we're doing is trying to get more people in NAN (Nishnawbe Aski Nation) Territory to talk about it more, but as I say, we need more resources," he said, during his presentation to the standing committee on Northern and Indigenous Affairs.

Nutrition North has been subsidizing the cost of nutritious food in remote communities since 2011.

Smallboy also suggested to the committee that getting people out on the land might help with healing.

"We went ice fishing in one community with some participants. We had a facilitator to talk about the mental health part of it, and we found that to be very, very, very effective," he told committee members.

The Kenora Chiefs Advisory has had similar initiatives, in an effort to connect people with the land and help them with their mental health and well being.

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