No Home in a Homeland: Indigenous Peoples and Homelessness in the Canadian North

May 10, 2017|
No Home in a Homeland: Indigenous Peoples and Homelessness in the Canadian North by Julia Christensen
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The Dene, a traditionally nomadic people, have no word for homelessness, a rare condition in the Canadian North prior to the 1990s. In No Home in a Homeland, Julia Christensen documents the rise of Indigenous homelessness and argues that this alarming trend will continue so long as policy makers continue to ignore northern perspectives and root causes, which lie deep in the region’s colonial past.

Christensen interweaves analysis of the region’s unique history with the personal stories of homeless people in two cities – Yellowknife and Inuvik. These individual and collective narratives tell a larger story of displacement and exclusion, residential schools and family breakdown, addiction and poor mental health, poverty and unemployment, and urbanization and institutionalization. But they also tell a story of hope and renewal.

Emergency shelters in settler societies such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States take in a disproportionate number of Indigenous people. Understanding what it means to be homeless in the North and how Indigenous people think about home and homemaking is the first step, Christensen argues, on the path to decolonizing existing approaches and practices.

Julia Christensen is an assistant professor of geography and planning at Roskilde University in Denmark and a research fellow at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife. She is the co-editor of Indigenous Homelessness: Perspectives from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and the 2012 winner of the Starkey-Robinson ...
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Title:No Home in a Homeland: Indigenous Peoples and Homelessness in the Canadian North
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:304 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:304 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Published:May 10, 2017
Publisher:Ubc Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780774833950

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