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Social Science Native American Studies

Indigenous Homelessness

Perspectives from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

contributions by Evelyn Peters, Julia Christensen, Paul Andrew, Tim Aubry, Yale Belanger, Cynthia Bird, Christina Birdsall-Jones, Marleny M. Bonnycastle, Deidre Brown, Rebecca Cherner, Patricia Franks, Susan Farrell, Joshua Freistadt, Charmaine Green, Kelly Greenop, Shiloh Groot, Darrin Hodgetts, Selena Kern, Pita Richard Wiremu King, Fran Klodawsky, Gabrielle Lindstrom, Paul Memmott, Daphne Nash, Julia Parrel, Sarah Prout, Mohi Rua, Rebecca Schiff, Annette Siddle, Maureen Simpkins, Barbara A. Smith, Wilfreda E. Thurston, Alina Turner, David Turner, Jeanette Waegemakers Schiff, Tiniwai Chas Te Whetu & Rob Willetts

University of Manitoba Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2016
Native American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Poverty & Homelessness
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Being homeless in one’s homeland is a colonial legacy for many Indigenous people in settler societies. The construction of Commonwealth nation-states from colonial settler societies depended on the dispossession of Indigenous peoples from their lands. The legacy of that dispossession and related attempts at assimilation that disrupted Indigenous practices, languages, and cultures—including patterns of housing and land use—can be seen today in the disproportionate number of Indigenous people affected by homelessness in both rural and urban settings.

Essays in this collection explore the meaning and scope of Indigenous homelessness in the Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. They argue that effective policy and support programs aimed at relieving Indigenous homelessness must be rooted in Indigenous conceptions of home, land, and kinship, and cannot ignore the context of systemic inequality, institutionalization, landlessness, among other things, that stem from a history of colonialism.

"Indigenous Homelessness: Perspectives from Canada, New Zealand and Australia" provides a comprehensive exploration of the Indigenous experience of homelessness. It testifies to ongoing cultural resilience and lays the groundwork for practices and policies designed to better address the conditions that lead to homelessness among Indigenous peoples.

About the authors

Evelyn Peters is an urban social geographer whose research has focused on First Nations and Métis people in cities. She taught in the Universityof Winnipeg’s Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies, where she held a Canada Research Chair in Inner-City Issues, Community Learning, and Engagement.

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Julia Christensen is a geographer and creative writer born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on the ancestral homelands of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. She is an assistant professor at Roskilde University in Denmark and a research fellow at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research. She was previously a Trudeau Foundation Scholar.

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Susan Farrell is a fresh and provocative voice in Canadian fiction. Susan returned to her native Cape Breton in 2008 after a number of years living in Vancouver, where she earned a master's degree in creative writing. She also holds a Master's of Philosophy. She has also written, produced and directed a number of original plays.

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Fran Klodawsky is professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University.Janet Siltanen is professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Institute of Political

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Rebecca Schiff is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University.

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Editorial Reviews

“Indigenous Homelessness is a timely, important work which considers in detail a diverse range of Indigenous perspectives, illustrative of the scale and scope of contemporary Indigenous homelessness in order to address the prevailing “apathy and even passive acceptance” that currently surrounds this phenomenon.”


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