ERIC Number: ED031332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May
Reference Count: 0
New Northern Townsmen in Inuvik.
Ervin, A. M.
A study was conducted in Inuvik, a planned settlement in the Mackenzie Delta region of the Northwest Territories in Canada, to study the factors which work against adaptation among the Indians, Eskimos, and Metis to the "urban milieu" of Inuvik. Field techniques included informal observation and intensive interviews with selected native and white informers. Factors examined were the educational, job-skill, and housing needs which affect the natives; their bush culture which includes sharing and consumption ethics and a derogatory attitude toward status seeking; and heavy drinking, a predominant problem among the natives. Some recommendations were: (1) an adult education program stressing the value systems of town life should be established; (2) the Trappers Association should be revived to provide equipment and encouragement to natives more suited to trapping than town life; and (3) a summer's work program should be instituted for teenage native males. A related document is RC 003 532. (RH)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adult Education, Alcoholism, American Indians, Culture Conflict, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employment Qualifications, Eskimos, Folk Culture, Housing Deficiencies, Relocation, Social Status, Status Need, Summer Programs, Values
Chief, Northern Science Research Group, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, Canada
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers: Canada; Metis (People)