Social transformations of Inuit dwelling. Utopia for a new season? (Special Presentation) - Gérard Duhaime, Preceded by a tribute to Asen Balikci
1:45 PM, Thursday 3 Oct 2019 (1 hour)
Cœur des sciences Pavilion (CO) - Agora Hydro-Québec (CO-R500)
Three seasons characterize the transformations of Inuit dwelling in isolated areas over the last century. The process of sedentarization was followed by the generalization of the status of tenant of the Welfare State, crystallized by the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. The last two decades have been characterized by the rise of the neoliberal management of the State. These periods have been marked by a kind of permanent state of crisis symbolized by the lack of housing, by a narrowing of individuals' capabilities to make choices, and by the pre-eminence of the economic rationality in the administration of social housing. These movements continued in spite of regional representation within decision-making bodies. This context is not unique, as it will be illustrated by a review of similar policies in other Arctic regions. Several initiatives with various ambitions have been proposed to reinvest Inuit housing, one of all areas to be reclaimed. But to do it, can we rethink history itself, dare utopia as a new season?