(Hendrix) This quote shows that only 47% of natives live under jurisdiction of the Government associated with their tribe. This illustrates the fact that Natives living outside of the reservation designated to their tribe are receiving different health care, than their counterparts on the reservations. Tribal sovereignty plays a major part in this controversy. Maintaining tribal sovereignty is very important to the Tribal Nations as it is there way of expressing freedom from the Federal Government.
Throughout chapter seven in Augie Fleras’ textbook Unequal Relations: A Critical Introduction to Race, Ethnic, and Aboriginal Dynamics in Canada, the importance of reconciliation between Canadian settlers and Canadian First Nations is acknowledged. Fleras also sheds light on how and why Canada’s First peoples are commonly last in terms of socioeconomic statistics. Also in detail are the conditions in which Aboriginal people on reserve are often forced to live under; conditions which include contaminated water, small living spaces, fewer opportunities for education, and poor healthcare. Though these are topics of discussion throughout chapter seven, Fleras also is sure to indicate that “however badly treated and maligned, Aboriginal peoples
In some aspects the military can be said to be an end in itself but the author has failed to address its primary role as servant to the ruling interests. Though the book has some lacunas but it cannot be denied that Kathleen Barry has done a pioneering work on the concept of empathy which is the most important trait in all human beings. It also needs to be inculcated in the soldiers on the battlefield also so that they can effectively differentiate between right and wrong. The book provides a fresh and broad reaching critique of militarised masculinity.
Neskantaga has fallen from 4th on the federal government’s water treatment priority list, then to 15th and then apparently they have fallen to 19th on the unreleased list. The government has left it so long, in my opinion, it has become a human rights issue. This is discrimination to First Nations people. Just because they don’t live the same live as a Canadian citizen in Toronto, doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t get clean water that doesn’t have to be flown in.
Aboriginal identity, mental health and suicide rates were outlined throughout this analysis along with the disgusting lack of government aid. As stated above, the aboriginals from the Kattawapiskak River have a strong sense of identity. The persons on these reserves are proud of their traditions and practice resilience in their faith and values, however, the physical and emotional pain these people are put through will soon break their spirits. They can only ask for help from the government so many times before it will be too
Recently a controversy was being raised about changing the date of Australian Day, as it is considered the day when aboriginal lost their land and freedom. The issue is being discussed by the Yarra Council Mayor Cr Amanda Stone, who took the initiative to not only commemorate the British invasion of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders land. Her main point in that article is to basically identify the Australian Day as a date which symbolizes loss of culture, language and the identity of ingenious people. This makes sense to us that the people affected by this issue are mainly Australian citizens (Aboriginals). Following this response, another article was published called, ‘Changing the date of Australian Day won’t change our past’ by Joe
Para 1 - Chris Kenny introduces the controversial topic of Australia Day by suggesting that it isn’t what it used to be, once a “phlegmatic and relaxed” celebration of our achievements, now it has become a day in which we must “express your guilt for generations past”. “Sadly Australia Day has become a day of sanctimony” attacks those who view the day, and life in general, in an ultra politically correct light, stating the “new breed of Australian” must “speak in approved phrases” in order to prevent from offending someone. Kenny exposes this behaviour through appealing to the tradition and customs of Australians who may be reluctant to accept this behaviour, mirrored by his romanticising of the past, “Our nation was founded in a spirit of optimism and co-operation”, positions the audience to see the absurdity of this way of thinking, and align themselves with more old fashioned notions. It is this notion however, Martin Flanagan believes, will “drive us apart” showing that the view Kenny portrays would create a “divide” in our country. Explained in “The Problem with Australia Day”, Flanagan gives insight into the history of our national day, aligning audiences to concur with the evidence, which states John Howard is the instigator of Australia Day as we know it today.
Aboriginal cultures have already been traumatised by the impact of European colonisation and the implemented government policies that followed. In contemporary society those impact of government policies continues to affect the everyday lives of Aboriginal and ATSI people. An example of the contemporary impacts on non-indigenous people is the structure of family life. ATSI people are known for their strong family values and multiple children and multifamily households. However, as the status of a lot ATSI people remain on the low socio economic scale this lead Aboriginal people to adapt to the non-indigenous family structure of single child families and reframe from the responsibilities of other family members living within the household.
Learning about the experience of the Aboriginals during the Sixties Coops really impacted me, knowing that such inhuman act and treatment really occurred in Canada just because of wrong euro-centric beliefs and assumptions that the way of life of the Aboriginals were inferior and primitive to that of the European without considering the traumatic effects on individuals, families and communities. In view of my learning, have resolved to always carry out my job responsibilities professionally so as not to allow my euro-centric personal values, assumptions and beliefs influence my actions negatively. This will help me refrain from oppressive actions. Also I will consciously reflect on the impact create awareness of the Sixties
Water fluoridation,, health risks and cancer The topic of water fluoridation has been an interesting one for many years now. Skeptics do argue that there’s no evidence to support the numerous claims of water fluoridation being harmful to our health however if this were true, why are towns all around the world coming together in order to ban this form of water treatment once and for all. Towns here in the UK as well as Australia, Canada and the U.S. have all been convinced of the harm that fluoride can have on our health, with Cancer a particular worry, and for good reason too. Sodium fluoride, sodium silicofluoride and hydrofluorosilic acid are all used in dental offices along with toothpastes and water treatment plants.
“If my day, week, or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it has racial overtones” (Mclntosh, 2002, p. 99). For this reason, I cannot fully understand the pain that Attawapiskat is going through. I do have personal experience with friend’s committing suicide and my own depression, however, it is not the same as what this community is going through. As a Child and Youth Care practitioner who is not of Indigenous descent, I would need work next to the community and walk with them, being a friend and partner and not let there be any power
It seems as though Australians are fearful, but what of? We appear to be nervous of controversy but our evasion of important issues may be our undoing, as we become known as a nation of prejudice and ignorance. A misplaced ignorance considering Australia has an extremely well developed educational system, yet a vast majority of the population seem immensely ill informed. Our educational proficiency proves that contemporary Australia is capable of overcoming the sexism, homophobia and racism present within our society but only if we chose to pay attention.
A common theme that has been discussed regarding the adversities that immigrants experience when arriving to the America are the social and cultural clashes between immigrants and citizens. What I find interesting is the conflicts pertaining to the health care system. Based on previous lectures, immigrants tend to mistrust the American healthcare system due to difference in medical remedies and the language spoken. I know first hand that my mother would perfer to have a Ghanaian physician, as opposed to the general white American doctor. Anne Fadiman wrote a successful award-winning book called, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, which highlights how the cultural differences between the Hmong culture and American medicine jeopardized the health of a little girl named Lia Lee.
We foster an understanding of the fundamental importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture to the identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We respect the strength of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families, communities and culture that have survived the confrontation of colonisation and dispossession for over two centuries. Our services believe that we need to be continually building a foundation of respect and understanding all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families of Australia to provide a service that is more effective, responsive, sustainable and culturally appropriate.
Source 1 depicts the lack of collectivism between the Aboriginal people and the generation we live today. This shows the strong liberal stance in which has been imposed onto the minds of Aboriginal people. “In the earlier days, people shared food even if they didn’t have much, as long as there was a little bit of extra food” shows the major decline of food in the ancient generation of Inuit people. When people came close to each other, their collectivist ideas grew into a much a larger extent in which sharing became a fundamental part of their life. These people are not been bothered to look after, thereby growing into a minority society.