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ᐅᑎᕈᒪᔪᖓ Utirumajunga (I Want to Return): A Look at Situations of Homelessness Among Inuit Women in Montreal


ᐅᑎᕈᒪᔪᖓ Utirumajunga (I Want to Return): A Look at Situations of Homelessness Among Inuit Women in Montreal

Fanelli, Lydia Nicole (2021) ᐅᑎᕈᒪᔪᖓ Utirumajunga (I Want to Return): A Look at Situations of Homelessness Among Inuit Women in Montreal. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Homelessness among Inuit in urban settings is a topic that has, until recently, largely been ignored. Academic research strictly focused on Inuit women who leave their northern home communities due to a lack of critical resources and move to southern cities despite not having permanent housing there has yet to be written. The purpose of this research is twofold. First, it seeks to answer the question of how Inuit women navigate situations of homelessness in Montreal, Quebec. Further, it explores whether their decision to relocate to Montreal is directly related to the challenges Inuit women experience in Inuit regions. This thesis draws on three interviews with Inuit women living without permanent housing in Montreal. Two overarching categories with five respective sub-themes were identified through a thematic analysis of the qualitative data. These themes account for the similarities regarding the women’s experiences with homelessness in Montreal and their living conditions within Inuit Nunangat. Finally, the transition back and forth from their northern communities to Montreal, and the conditions that prompt this phenomenon, are explored. Taken together, these results provide an account of homelessness among Inuit women in Montreal and the northern circumstances that led them to their current situation.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Fanelli, Lydia Nicole
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Date:1 December 2021
Thesis Supervisor(s):Watson, Mark Watson and Namaste, Viviane
Keywords:Inuit, Women, Homelessness, Inuit Nunangat, Urban relocation
ID Code:990248
Deposited On:16 Jun 2022 14:37
Last Modified:16 Jun 2022 14:37


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