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General Theme

Housing in Nunavik: Policy challenges, northern housing design, community planning and development, and housing acquisition and ownership by Northerners.

Preliminary Program

08:00 - Arrival of participants

08:30 - Opening session

  • Word of welcome - Michel Allard and Thierry Rodon, Organizing Committee, Université Laval
  • Opening address - Geoffrey Kelley, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Government of Quebec
  • Welcome from Université Laval - Sophie D’Amours, Vice Rector, Research and Innovation

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Theme 1: Public policy and housing ownership by northern residents

Chair: Mylène Riva, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, Université Laval

With northern housing needs significant and still growing, what are the advantages and limitations of current policies for provision of housing, and what approaches could better promote housing management, urban development, and control of real estate by residents?

  • Politiques et structures de la gestion de l’habitation dans le Nord : lacunes et défis à venir - Thierry Rodon and Maxime Thibault, Centre interuniversitaire d’études et de recherches autochtones, Université Laval
  • Les enjeux du grand ménage - Gérard Duhaime, Université Laval
  • Housing Crisis in Inukjuak (Nunavik), Limited full-time employment opportunities, and Design Charrette - Patrick Evans, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal and Tommy Palliser, Unaaq Men's Association of Inukjuak
  • Les interventions publiques en habitation au Nunavik - Jean-François Arteau, Vice-President, Société d’habitation du Québec

Discussion and questions

Theme 2: Towards a sustainable housing design adapted to northern needs, culture and the environment

Chair: Jean-François Arteau, Société d’habitation du Québec

To what extent does current housing correspond to Inuit lifestyle, divided between modern technological needs and traditional activities? How can housing that is energy efficient, affordable, sustainable and integrated into the ecological and cultural context be constructed? What types of dwellings are needed and what processes of acquisition and management must be in place for occupants to assume ownership of and maintain these homes?

  • Aménagement et gouvernance des milieux bâtis des collectivités innues du Québec - André Casault and Geneviève Vachon, École d’architecture de l’Université Laval
  • Application des technologies de pointes pour la durabilité et autosuffisance des populations nordiques - Catalin Harnagea, Institut National de Recherche Scientifique
  • Northern construction design limitations and Inuit lifestyle and culture - Shun-Hui Yang, Makivik Corporation
  • Prototype d'habitation nordique - Guy Robichaud, Direction de l’expertise technique, Société d’habitation du Québec

Discussion and questions


Theme 3: The housing crisis and problematic land development related to the expansion of northern communities

Chair: Thierry Rodon, Université Laval

How should communities be developed in the context of urban expansion that provokes intense real estate development with topography, terrain and climate posing serious physical constraints? How do land planners and builders deal with the challenges posed by the presence of permafrost and topography? How should space be better arranged and reorganized to improve living environments in communities that have grown with minimal planning? What are the effects of overcrowding on the health of inhabitants?

  • La planification urbaine sur le pergélisol au Nunavik - Michel Allard, Centre d’études nordiques, Université Laval and Diane Frappier, Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire
  • Urban planning and residential development in Salluit - Susie P. Alaku, Salluit
  • Rôle de l’environnement bâti et du logement sur la santé des peuples nordiques - Mylène Riva, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, Université Laval
  • Nunavik Housing: Tenant's Perspective - Jonathan Epoo, Kuujjuaq

Discussion and questions

Theme 4: Experiences outside Quebec

Chair: Michel Allard, Université Laval

What lessons can be learned from the experiences of other Arctic territories with an aboriginal cultural heritage and similar physical constraints, but different political regimes and historical contexts?

  • The SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik project: A sustainable communities initiative (Arctic Inspiration Prize Laureates) - Christina Goldhar, Director of Policy Nunatsiavut Secretariat, Nunatsiavut Government and Tom Sheldon, Director of Environment, Nunatsiavut Government
  • Housing in the Inuvialuit region - Alana Mero, NWT Housing Corporation, Beaufort Delta District Office
  • Building Arctic Housing, from sketch to key - Corey DiRutigliano, Architectural Designer / Project Manager, The Cold Climate Housing Research Center
  • We cannot solve our *housing* problems with the same thinking we used when we created them - Madeleine Redfern, Former Mayor of Iqaluit

Discussion and questions

Discussion and closing summary - Presided over by Thierry Rodon and Michel Allard

17:00 - Cocktail and Northern Housing Exhibit - Atrium, Pavillon Charles-De Koninck, 1030, avenue des Sciences-Humaines, Université Laval

Organizing committee

Michel Allard (Co-President), Centre d'études nordiques/ArcticNet/Université Laval
Thierry Rodon (Co-President), Centre interuniversitaire d'études et de recherches autochtones/ArcticNet/Université Laval
Mickaël Lemay, ArcticNet/Centre d'études nordiques/Université Laval
Brigitte Bigue, Faculté des sciences et de génie, Université Laval
Aude Therrien, Centre interuniversitaire d'études et de recherches autochtones/Université Laval
Katie Blasco, ArcticNet
Pierre Rhéaume, Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones, Gouvernement du Québec

Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones - QuébecChaire de recherche sur le développement durable du NordCentre interuniversitaire d'études et de recherches autochtonesCentre d'études NordiquesArcticNet