ArcticNet - ArcticNet Research

Phase 4 (2015-2018)

Housing, Health, and Well-Being Across the Arctic: Regional, Local, and Family Perspectives

Project Leader(s)

Riva, Mylene
Fletcher, Christopher

Inadequate housing has fostered a variety of social, ecological, and health problems in Inuit communities. For example, respiratory health issues are particularly prominent among children while infectious diseases, and social and mental health problems are accentuated throughout the population. This mixed methods project brings together Inuit and Western epistemologies (ways of knowing) and methodologies (ways of doing) to assess the impacts of housing conditions on individual, family, and community health and well-being in Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut. This interdisciplinary project focuses on four inter-related components: 1) the health and well-being impacts of moving to newly built social housing units; 2) the experience of housing transitions on the lives of Inuit families moving into a) new social housing units in Nunavut and Nunavik; and b) an Inuit-designed energy-efficient multiplex unit in Nunatsiavut; 3) the definition of adequate housing, overcrowding and its influence on health and well-being from Inuit perspectives; 4) the role of housing conditions in fostering and sustaining healthy ageing. Methods include surveys, focus groups, individual interviews, visual methods (digital storytelling, photovoice) and community housing histories. This project is a collaboration between university researchers, Inuit/northern researchers, and Inuit partner organizations. Contributes to IRIS: 1, 2, 4