Regroupement des centres d'amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ)

Regroupement des centres d'amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ)
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ODENA Research Alliance

ODENA Research Alliance

June 06, 2013 12:23 ET

Launch of New Social and Economic Mapping of the Urban Aboriginal Population in Quebec

VAL-D'OR, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - June 6, 2013) - The ODENA Research Alliance and the Regroupement des centres d'amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ) wish to announce the launch of new social and economic mapping to bring about better understanding of the conditions governing the circulation and mobility of the urban Aboriginal population in several Quebec cities, Val-d'Or.

"The public does not realize it, but there is a high level of Aboriginal mobility between the cities and between the cities and the communities. Official statistics tell us only part of the conditions affecting individuals' place of residence. Our goal is to develop new documentation that reflects the dynamics in the mobility and circulation of Aboriginal people. A meeting is being held in Val-d'Or on June 5-6 to learn about the new data being made possible by this research and to make sure it is available to partners in Quebec as well as outside of Quebec, particularly in the rest of Canada and in New Zealand," said Carole Lévesque, co-chair of the Odena Research Alliance.

This new mapping will also support the services offered by the different Native Friendship Centres in Quebec, by delimiting their respective zones of influence, i.e., the area encompassing the distribution and circulation of the Aboriginal population within a given territory. Within each zone, the Native Friendship Centre acts as a hub to promote new mobility or circulation of individuals. A zone of influence is measured both from a socio-economic perspective and from the perspective of the services offered to the population in question.

This mapping accompanies a major survey currently taking place throughout Quebec to obtain first-hand information from 1,000 Aboriginal people living permanently or temporarily in a city that is also home to a Native Friendship Centre. The first phase of the survey has already reached more than 500 people, with the second phase set to run until the end of 2013.

The research is being conducted by a research team made up of several researchers, students and Aboriginal leaders and led by Carole Lévesque, who teaches at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique. It will lead to the production of the first portrait ever made of the Aboriginal presence in urban Quebec.

"After four (4) years of research activity and partnership between the Native Friendship Centres and researchers through the Research Alliance, it is very interesting to see the results of the research. This information and these new profiles will assist the Native Friendship Centres in their work and will help them to consolidate and build initiatives for accomplishing their mission," noted Édith Cloutier, co-chair of the Odena Research Alliance and president of the RCAAQ.

The ODENA Research Alliance was created in 2009 to provide alternative approaches for understanding and responding to the individual and societal challenges facing our First Peoples in Quebec's urban setting.

For more than 35 years, the RCAAQ has been working to defend the rights and interests of urban Aboriginal people and to support the Native Friendship Centres in carrying out their mission, which is to improve the quality of life or urban Aboriginal citizens, promote culture and foster mutual understanding among peoples.

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