Housing programs and projects are essential to the well-being of many Métis women, 2SLGBTQQIA+ folks, their families and our communities.
Many Métis families are multi-generational households, with Kookums living alongside infants and aunties, or lone-parent families, where a single parent takes care of the dependents in the home. Often these are very happy and healthy households.
However, living in a good neighbourhood, having space for your family and making ends meet isn’t always the reality for all Métis women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ folks. Domestic violence also plays a major role in many Métis women’s experiences of precarious housing and homelessness. In addition to long waits to access existing programs and services, many mainstream programs do not fully meet their needs and there are major gaps in available data on Métis women’s housing experiences.
LFMO aims to better understand Métis women’s needs, such as their experiences with emergency housing, transitional housing as well as home-buying and home-repair programs.
- The current definition of homelessness must expand to acknowledge and recognize how settler colonialism has created prejudicial housing outcomes and homelessness for distinct Indigenous communities in Canada.
- Future research must address the relationship between housing and domestic violence. Research needs to address the effectiveness and helpfulness of housing options for Indigenous.
- Future research on Métis homelessness must include 2SLGBTQQIA+ folks when working on solutions.