Abuse and Discrimination of Aboriginal People in Canada

Article: Kathleen Wynne officially Apologizes to Indigenous Communities for “Generations of Abuse”: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-official-response-truth-reconciliation-commission-report-1.3606862

CBC News, May 30, 2016

Issue Overview:

For many years the aboriginal people in Canada of continuously been mistreated and faced discrimination in multiple ways.The mistreatment really started way back in the 1800’s when European settlers first came to Canada and began building on the native’s land. These days aboriginals face discrimination and abuse. Many first nations children are abused in school and their culture is not welcomed there. One of the millenium Development goals is reduce inequalities within and among countries, yet Canada has just begun to really address the inequality that aboriginals face .

Key Stakeholders:

The main key stakeholder is obviously the first nations people. They have to deal with discrimination in their day-to-day lives. Another stakeholder is the government. The government in the past has not done much to look out and protect the rights of the first nations people, as well as not doing anything to educate other Canadian citizens on the aboriginal culture and their history. Another key stakeholder are aboriginals groups that are standing up to the government and fighting for their rights. They are making huge differences for their people and communities.

Contributing Factors

One social factor that is causing this issue is the way society portrays most aboriginal people. Canadian society often portrays aboriginals to be alcoholics, drug users, lazy etc. Despite the stats that do show that a good amount of first nations people are alcoholics or drug users, that does not mean that all are. Besides, when society portrays you as something, it’s hard not to believe it and fall into it. A political factor that is causing this issue is the fact that the government hasn’t been doing much to support the aboriginals and their rights.

Implications:

A social impact of this issue is that more aboriginal teens are more likely to be alcoholics and drug users because people have stereotyped them that way. The way to stop this is to show them that they are capable of beating the stereotypes and being more than what society tells them to be. A cultural impact is the downfall of aboriginal culture in Canadian society. If first nations history is not talked about more in our society people will no longer acknowledge the culture. Even first nations people themselves may begin to disregard their history therefore not making it important anymore.

Bias:

One bias is that the article is based on a premier officially apologizing to the aboriginal people, therefore there is some prejudice and the article is mostly one-sided. It discusses many of the ways first nations people are discriminated against in our society and acknowledges how shameful it is of Canadians to treat them this way.

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