Living in Northern Quebec

Quebec’s North is home to First Nations and Inuit communities, who are claiming rights to sustainable living environments respectful of their culture and their land. This page presents projects orchestrated by Living in Northern Quebec (SSHRC) & Doing Things Differently (Sentinel North)  investigators and partners in collaboration with Innu and Inuit communities, in order to support their planning and housing needs and their world views. 

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Source : Living in Northern Quebec (2016)
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Nunavik is the land of the Inuit, about 14 000, who reside in 14 Northern Villages established North of the 55th parallel. Nitassinan is the territory where about 20 000 Innus live in 10 communities or reserves, mainly established along the St-Lawrence’s North Shore.

Mamu Metuetau  | Partenariat de recherche Habiter le Nord québécois (CRSH 2015-2021)
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Mamu Metuetau (Jouons ensemble | Let's Play Together) est une activité de conception-construction co-orchestrée par la communauté innue de Uashat mak Mani-utenam (3125 résidents) et les écoles d'architecture de l'Université Laval (Québec) et de l'Université Laurentienne (Sudbury). L'activité consistait à construire des modules de jeu pour deux écoles primaires tout en impliquant leurs élèves et leurs enseignants. Les modules font partie d'une stratégie de réaménagement visant à transformer à terme des cours d'école génériques en espaces communautaires. L'activité a mobilisé l'ingéniosité et la créativité des jeunes Innus, tout en engageant une conversation avec les futurs architectes sur le pouvoir des lieux culturellement appropriés pour soutenir l'identité. *** Mamu Metuetau (Jouons ensemble | Let's Play Together) is a design-build activity co-orchestrated by the Innu community of Uashat mak Mani-utenam (3125 residents) and the Schools of Architecture at Université Laval (Quebec City) and Laurentian University (Sudbury). The activity consisted of building play modules for two elementary schools while involving their pupils and teachers. The modules are part of a redesign strategy to eventually transform generic school yards into community spaces. The activity mobilized the ingenuity and creativity of young Innus, while initiating a conversation with future architects about the power of culturally appropriate places to support identity. By / Par: Living in Northern Quebec / Habiter le Nord québécois, C Féménias Métivet, dir.
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LINQ partners Blouin Orzes won a 2020 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York.

More results or information to be found here :

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Issues and challenges of appropriate and meaningful living environments for Inuit communities, Symposium, Inuit Studies Conference, Montreal (QC), Oct.  2019  : presentation audios

Identity, Housing, Settlement and Landscape, Symposium, Inuit Studies Conference, St-Johns (NL), Oct. 2016 : presentation videos

 

Gregoire, L (2019) Homeland security: North and south meet to talk housing in Nunavik. Nunatsiaq News, 15 October 2019

Official Website : www.livinginnorthernquebec.org

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Piché, D, Rodon, T, Vachon, G (dir.) (2017), Habitation : imaginaires, vécus et réalités autochtones. Numéro thématique, Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, XLVII, vol 1, 198p.

Habiter le Nord québécois (2020) Habiter le Nord. Numéro thématique, ARQ : La revue d’architecture, 190, 28p. (PDF upon request)

 

Gouin, E, Fontaine, Y (2020) Comprendre le chez-soi pour les communautés autochtones. La Presse PLUS Édition du 18 mai 2020.

Innu Planning Guide (with Innu translation)  www.innuassia-um.org