The Aboriginal Quality Of Life Within Canada

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When discussing the Aboriginal quality of life within Canada there are several issues that come to mind, such as health, education, housing and our Canadian-Indigenous relationship (First Ministers And National Aboriginal Leaders, 2005, p. 1). However, many times Canadians neglect to distinguish the root of the issue. While residential schools may be addressed and looked upon historically, the traumas and effects are still particularly palpable for many Indigenous communities. For this reason, it is significant for Canadians to be empathetic towards the underlying issues, for obstacles like Indigenous health to be properly handled. Within this essay, I create an awareness of the impacts of assimilation tactics to Aboriginal communities;…show more content…
In this case, the conquering of land, being very crucial to settlers, is shown in history repetitively to cause tension and war; this situation is not much different. However, in the modern day, Canada is trying to better itself in regards to land claim cases, and have, for the most part, approached newer cases with much more knowledge and understanding. Secondly, the factor of psychology, in this case, is used instead as a term to envision the human reaction to new surroundings. Not excusable in any means, European settlers, as displayed by Columbus, were astounded by this difference in the lifestyle they reacted by self-thought superiority (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, 2013). This was wrongly interpreted by many settlers, and sadly many Canadians today, as a stereotyped primitive nature; and thus induced a wrongful superiority within their heads. Modern-day interpretations can show that superiority is still found in our political systems; for example, western countries consistently refer to developing nations as third world countries, this entails that certain societies put themselves above others. Eventually, these structural grounds caused for Europeans to exercise a form of cultural genocide through residential schooling. The idea to establish residential schools for First Nations children was greatly influenced by the desire to assimilate and supposedly adapt the various First Nations
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