Using migration as a strategy for family and community wellbeing

Authors: Magalie Quintal-Marineau*, Institut national de recherche scientifique
Topics: Development, Cultural Geography
Keywords: Migration, Gender, Wellbeing, Family, Inuit
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Empire Room, Omni, West
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Recent census data (StatCan 2016) suggest that while most Inuit live in the Inuit Nunangat, a growing number choose to migrate in southern urban centres. Although, Inuit women in Canada are more likely to live in urban centres compare with Inuit men (53,8% and 46,2%, respectively for 2016) they have been underrepresented in this area of research. Thus, this presentation explores the socio-cultural and economic context favoring women's migration. Specifically, the presentation investigates Inuit women's migration rationale in five urban centres in Canada, with particular attention to their experience in urban centre and the social dynamics between northern and southern places. Using the concept of community wellbeing, the presentation demonstrates that Inuit women employ migration and wage-employment as strategies to contribute to the resilience of their livelihoods and to promote family and community wellbeing. Using fieldwork data collected in five cities across Canada and in Nunavut territory, this presentation aims to situate Inuit women's experience at the intersection of gender relations and economic development.

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