ERIC Number: ED208990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Housing Needs of Urban Native Families: A Comparative Study of Children's and Parents' Perceptions.
Djao, Angela Wei
In the "Report of the Task Force on Housing for Native People in Saskatoon" (1979), existing housing and social programs were found to be too limited in their scope and ability to meet the changing needs of these people. (Native refers to those people who have in their families at least one parent of Indian, Non-status Indian, or Metis ancestry.) The present study, which compares the perceptions of housing needs of native children and their parents, was conducted in the hope that an identification of these needs would help government and housing agencies develop a more coordinated and comprehensive housing program for native people in Saskatoon and other prairie cities. Fifty-two families residing in Saskatoon were interviewed using a precoded interview schedule in structured interview sessions. Children's and parents' perceptions of housing needs were found to be largely similar. Among the most important housing needs perceived were (1) children having friendly playmates in the neighborhood, (2) the family having its own kitchen and bathroom, and (3) having the school within walking distance. However, when making actual decisions regarding housing, the choice of the urban native family often appeared to be determined by financial considerations and influenced by racial discrimination. Thus, although the housing needs of the children are shared by the parents, they cannot be effectively implemented by the parents. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers: Saskatchewan (Saskatoon)
Note: Children's Environments Advisory Service Research and Development Program, Research Project 6. Study prepared for the United Nations Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations for the International Year of the Child (Geneva, Switzerland).