The Migration of Indigenous Peoples in the Canadian Prairie Context: Exploring Policy and Program Implications to Support Urban Movers
AbstractThe migration pattern of Indigenous persons from reserves, rural and remote communities into a Canadian urban center is examined by focusing on the factors that contributed to the decision to move, the service utilization patterns upon arrival in an urban centre and the subsequent decision to remain in the city. The movement of Indigenous persons into urban settings led to unique outcomes, including a significant number remaining unable to find or secure independent housing or the appropriate services necessary to support a successful transition to urban living. Our research indicates that more attention is needed to understand Canadian Indigenous mobility, with an emphasis on assessing the circular patterns that often result in persons moving to urban centers and back to home communities. Recognizing the distinctiveness of this pattern of migration is critical to developing more effective policies for this group.
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