There is a great concern to today’s inequity regarding Aboriginal people’s health, education, culture and language. Stereotypes and racism are preventing the Aboriginal people from seeking the benefits they deserve. As Treaty People in Canada, reconciliation must be a top priority to support the healing process of Canada’s history. The treaty relationship has a significant impact on all Saskatchewan and Canadian citizen’s personal beliefs, societal and political positions, and the process of reconciliation.
Canada is a nation that prides itself on opportunity and freedom. However, the treatment of Canada’s aboriginal community says otherwise. Although Canada is incredibly welcoming to new immigrants that want a fresh start, the original occupants, Aboriginal people, are still being mistreated today. Aboriginal people are described as the original people or indigenous occupants of a particular country (Hutchings, 2016). Unfortunately, Aboriginal people have been exploited in Canada for decades, which has resulted in high levels of gender and class oppression.
Colonialism has been a huge factor that has and will attempt to make aboriginal people conform to new cultural norms. Residential schools have been the most well-known way as to how colonialism affected these people. What society is not aware of is the cruelty of hospitalization of aboriginals, where unethical procedures took place using them as subjects without consent. As Dr Geddes stated during his lecture, the Canadian health care system has racism embedded in it. Stripping indigenous people of the proper health care which they have the right to receive, but kept from due to their racial status.
In our multicultural society, many Canadians discover that perhaps their identity as citizens has become to search forever for an identity. The search for the Canadian Identity has progressed for as long as Canada had existed. In the article “An Unknown Country” by Roy MacGregor, the idea of Canada being this “perfect” country is revealed as nothing more than a mere dream, counteracted by the reality that in many circumstances Canada came close to losing itself forever. “An Unknown Country” by Roy MacGregor suggests that whilst Canada is a nation proud of its successes, we still keep the blemishes and scars resulting from our history, implying that our Canadian identity is rather ambiguous.
I personally do not believe that syncretism is not a good description of the situation of the native people in North America. The Amerindians had a very different culture, some of which involved sacred rituals, sacrifices, worshiping the earth etc. Although there were many religious similarities between the Christian and native cultures, however the Europeans, which included the Spanish, English and French came and took over the land, gaining control. For example, in Mexico, the priests won the trust of the Amerindians, and took control of educating their children. However, instead of teaching them both Indian and European languages and arts, they only taught them Europeans.
The University of Winnipeg has approved a requirement that all undergraduate students complete one Indigenous studies course in order to graduate, which has left some asking whether the University of Manitoba should do the same. The goal of the requirement at the University of Winnipeg is to develop “mutual respect and understanding” (Narine, 2015) between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The approval came following an article in Maclean’s magazine stating that Winnipeg is where the country’s racism problem is at its worst (Macdonald, 2015) due to the preventable 2008 death of Brian Sinclair, who was left to wait for treatment in a Winnipeg emergency room for 34 hours, and was sparked by the 2014 death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, one
Andrew Jackson states "every good citizen makes his country 's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it" (1767-1845). A citizen is known to be a Native, or an individual who is legally entitled to a country. A citizenship is a piece of documentation that identifies whether a person is entitled to a country or not. A citizenship allows subjects to be vested with the rights, privileges, and duties as a citizen, in a nation.
The Discrimination Against Aboriginals Research Paper The discrimination against aboriginals has unfortunately been a part of Canadian society since we can remember. Even though the aboriginal peoples owned and inhabited these lands long before us, they are being discriminated against and Gerber’s (2014) research finds that aboriginals are found at the bottom in terms of level of education and income. This is not the only form of discrimination Aboriginals experience; the most discrimination occurs in schools and at work (Currie, Wild, Schopflocher, Laing & Veugelers 2012). Aboriginals can equally find themselves are at high risk of addictive behaviors such as gambling, which is caused by post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms after experiencing
Normalization is a significant aspect of society, that works to produce and reproduce privilege and marginalization. We are all products of society and as a result, we are forced to participate within seemingly meaningless actions on a daily basis. I chose to be the person I am today because I would like to prevent my own oppression based on my inability to conform to the norms. Every normalized action has a purpose, even things that seem so insignificant, such as the way we sit. After I took the time to analyze my sitting procedure, I have come to the conclusion that it is everything but normal or natural.
1. Aboriginals peoples should have their own court system because there would be no bias or over generalized stereotyping to skew decisions or sentencing. Aboriginals are overrepresented in our Canadian Court System. Alcoholism and crime go hand in hand. Alcoholism in Aboriginals unfortunately is a common problem because of colonization and social upheaval.