Lunchtime Roundtable: Aboriginal Homelessness in Canada

2014 24 Apr
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunchtime Roundtable: Aboriginal Homelessness in Canada

Caryl Patrick, a researcher for the Canadian Homelessness Research Network, and Shelly Longboat of MInwaashin Lodge - Aboriginal Women's Support Centre will join us for a discussion on Aboriginal Homelessness in Canada inspired by Caryl's latest report of the same title.

"Aboriginal Homelessness in Canada" a literature review presents a comprehensive review of scholarly literature on the topic. It answers the following four broad inquiry areas through a review and analysis of current (1988-2012), and primarily academic, literature:

  1. Key Concepts: How are the concepts of ‘homelessness’ and ‘home’ defined, particularly for the Aboriginal population? Is there a unique meaning of homelessness for Aboriginal Peoples?
  2. Causes: Why are Aboriginal populations (particularly youth, gender minorities, and urban groups) at a disproportionate risk of becoming homeless or over- represented in the Canadian homeless population?
  3. Experiences: How do Aboriginal Peoples experience homelessness? What is the range of diversity in their lived experiences?
  4. Action: What has been proposed in the areas of homelessness prevention and solutions for Aboriginal Peoples? What is working? What are some new ways authors are conceptualizing these issues?

This literature review also endeavours to highlight gaps and weaknesses that currently exist in the academic literature and suggests future research avenues on this topic.

Thursday, April 24 2014
Octopus Books Centretown Location
@25OneCommunity (2nd floor, 251 Bank St.)


Bring your lunch!

This paper has several target audiences. Since it provides an analysis of scholarly material an academic audience is a primary target. This review may also be of value to policy makers, service providers, politicians and community stakeholders because of its emphasis on solutions and pathways forward. Since it is written in plain language, it is also designed to be accessible to the general population. It is the hope of the reviewer that this document is disseminated as widely as possible, as to draw attention to the national Aboriginal homelessness crisis and hopefully inspire action.

To download the report:

Publications from CHRN will be available for purchase.

About Canadian Homelessness Research Network:

The Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) brings together top researchers on homelessness in Canada. Working in collaboration with a range of key stakeholders and institutions (in the non-profit sector and in government), the CHRN is committed to enhancing the impact of research on the homelessness crisis. That is, our focus is on establishing effective mechanisms for knowledge exchange and mobilization in the area of homelessness research in Canada.

More about the Network:

More Info on Aboriginal Homelessness:

Homelessness one of lasting impacts of Indian residential schools on CBC

Aboriginal homelessness an 'epidemic', York researcher says on CBC

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