Aboriginal peoples

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
August 12, 2015

This week’s infographic, published by Raising the Roof, asks an important question: who are the homeless in Canada?

Media Folder: Media Root Who Are the Homeless?

The infographic states that an estimated 235,000 people experience...

Calgary Homeless Foundation
February 05, 2015

On Monday I gave a guest presentation to Craig Jones‘ graduate seminar class in Carleton University’s School of Social Work.  My presentation sought to answer two questions:

Why should government play a role in creating affordable housing? Which level of government is responsible?


York University
September 15, 2014
Categories: Solutions

There is great diversity within the homeless population. Some sub-populations are over-represented in Canada including Aboriginal persons, visible minorities, and amongst youth, ...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
September 12, 2014
Categories: Ask the Hub

It could just be the nature of the people in my social media networks, but every day I see at least 5-10 references about missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Sometimes many, many more. There are calls for inquiries, petitions to sign and sadly, too often, stories about yet another Aboriginal woman who went missing or has been...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
September 03, 2014

The term Aboriginal Peoples refers to Canada's First Nations, Inuit and Metis populations. Together, they constitute Canada's indigenous population. Aboriginal groups have their own distinct and valuable cultural heritage and background. They share a history of oppression and abuse, marked by centuries of historical trauma. Today, Aboriginal populations are more likely than Canada's general...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
February 20, 2014

When we posted our Infographic Wednesday blog post on Urban Aboriginal Homelessness on Facebook we received this comment from a user: "Tell us why, what are the causes, and tell us how we can help our brothers and sisters." A good question to address in today's Ask the Hub.

On Valentine’s Day I took part in one of several events across Canada honouring missing...

University of Lethbridge
February 19, 2014

The causes and impacts of Aboriginal homelessness are difficult to quantify and evaluate because our understanding of these phenomena is based on:

Assorted anecdotal evidence consisting of front-line worker observations; Various and methodologically disparate municipal homelessness censuses; and Municipal and academic reports examining these trends.

Two specific schools of thought have also emerged that identify the cause and effect of urban Aboriginal homelessness. One is derived...

When you hear the word “homelessness,” what comes to mind? If you are like most people, you probably think of the men who sleep on the hot-air grates in downtown Toronto. That is the image that so often accompanies media stories about homelessness.

Several things about that image hide the reality of homelessness for many Canadians. The first part is the person’s gender and age. There are many homeless women and children too, although in their case it seldom takes the...

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