Report on the life of Nunavik women

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During the spring of 2013, Pascale Laneuville, graduate student in anthropology at CIERA (Interuniversity Centre for Indigenous Studies and Research), Laval University, travelled in Nunavik to gather information about the general condition of Nunavik women. The goal was to understand and write about the needs, concerns, interests and thoughts of Inuit women. Through individual interviews, women were asked to share their experiences – as women in the contemporary world, in all spheres of life – and to talk about their feelings, their vision of the future, and their ideas about what could be done to improve their life.

Interviews with more than 100 women of different ages took place in eight communities: Kangirsualujjuaq, Kuujjuaq, Tasiujaq, Kangirsujuaq, Ivujivik, Puvirnituq, Kuujjuarapik and Montreal. Interviews dealt with family relationships, parenting, education, employment, culture and elders, health, housing, food costs, government services, the legal system, house shortage and other topics. When published, the research will be used by Saturviit to help set its priorities for future action.


Acronyms and Abbreviations


Introduction


Methodology


Chapter 1: Housing Shortage and Homelessness


Chapter 2: Schooling Employment and the Economy


Chapter 3: Violence and Abuse


Chapter 4: Social Services and the Justice System in Nunavik


Chapter 5: Social Bonds – Fragmentation and Reconnection


Conclusion


Bibliography


Appendix 1: Schedule and Participants


Appendix 2: Nunavik Inuit Women’s Manifesto