Historic Trauma Case Study

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Historic trauma stems from relocation, disease, residential schools, the Indian Act, and racial policies meant to assimilate and eradicate Aboriginal people (First Nations Health Council, 2011). Contact between Aboriginal Peoples and non-Aboriginals facilitated the spread of epidemic diseases which lead to the Aboriginal population collapse (First Nations Health Council, 2011). Daschuk, Hackett and MacNeil (2006) note that different severities of diseases experienced by First Nations were directly related to the new realities of the First Nations peoples as they struggled to adapt to the world of the colonisers including economic dislocation, political changes, and changes from traditional diets all created the perfect environment for breading diseases. The government and churches actively colonized and controlled Aboriginal peoples by eroding all Aboriginal systems including “spirituality, political authority, education, health care systems, land and resource access, and cultural practices” (First Nations Health Council, 2011, p. 13). It is important to recognize that colonial structures have purposely sought to “eliminate Indigenous sovereignty, Indigenous governments and Indigenous constitutional orders” (Ladner, 2009, p. 90). “Several APHAs and service providers linked APHAs’ struggle for identity with Canada’s colonial history and unequal…show more content…
Research shows that experiences of sexual abuse is related to a number of “negative health outcomes including mental, sexual and drug-related vulnerabilities” which elevates the HIV infection risk (Cedar Project Partnership et al., 2008, p. 2185). All groups and communities have experienced colonization, assimilation policies, and the resulting intergenerational trauma in varied ways and it is important to recognize Indigenous peoples of Canada as diverse populations (First Nations Health Council,

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