Oppression and Colonization: Degrading the Position of First Nations' Women in Canada

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Oppression and Colonization Degrading the Position of First Nations Women in Canada Today, we think that Canada could not possibly be still harboring some of the negative ramifications of colonization. In our color-blind state, many of us assume that all is right with the world, and that the wrongs of colonization have already been righted. However, this couldn't be further from the truth, especially for the women of the First Nations. These indigenous women have suffered sexual exploitation and oppression under colonialism, and have continued to suffer at the hands f their own people based on trends set during this violent and subjugated period. Traditionally, women played an important role in many of the First Nations communities. They were highly esteemed as advisors to the men, and thus held a high social standing before the arrival of the Europeans (Sayers & MacDonald 2001). They were much more equal to the status of men than after the Europeans began colonizing the region, and even generations after the official end of colonialism in the region altogether. Women were key participants within communal life, and held leadership roles within their own individual communities that helped create greater equality and respect for their gender (Acoose 1995). There are a number of ways in which colonialism disenfranchised the people of the First Nations here in Canada. According to the research, "colonization is a process that includes geographic incursion, socio-cultural

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