Aboriginal Issues

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Research
 Paper:
 Aboriginal
 issues
  Elisse
 Ostrovsky
  Multicultural
 countries
 such
 as
 Canada
 are
 designed
 with
 good
 intentions;
 

uniting
 people
 of
 different
 cultures
 and
 giving
 refugees
 a
 safe
 place
 to
 live.
 
  Unfortunately
 this
 system
 creates
 inequality,
 often
 resulting
 with
 acts
 of
  discrimination
 within
 a
 society.
 
 The
 First
 Nations
 in
 particular
 have
 suffered
 from
  this
 and
 Aboriginal
 living
 has
 been
 made
 difficult
 by
 the
 Canadian
 society
 since
 the
  establishment
 of
 the
 state.
 
 At
 the
 present
 time,
 acts
 of
 discrimination
 toward
  Aboriginals
 have
 grown
 milder.
 
 Nevertheless,
 the
 importance
 of
 awareness
 on
 this
  topic
 is
 relevant
 to
 Canadian
 citizens
 so
 that
 the
 elimination
 of
 inequality
 can
  further
 its
 progress.
 
 Also,
 the
 widespread
 on
 such
 issues
 has
 its
 relevancy
 in
  regards
 to
 avoiding
 the
 repetition
 of
 past
 mistakes
 as
 well
 as
 improving
 ways
 of
  handling
 similar
 situations.
 
 
 
 
 
  Aboriginal
 societies
 have
 a
 long
 history
 of
 unjust
 treatment
 towards
 them.
 
 
 

For
 the
 duration
 of
 the
 time
 of
 the
 European
 settlement
 in
 Canada,
 aboriginals
 were
  forced
 into
 an
 unwilling
 life
 style.
 Having
 been
 stripped
 of
 purity
 and
 their
 identity
  as
 a
 native
 culture
 they
 suffered
 from
 oppression,
 leading
 to
 the
 poverty,
 poor
  health,
 and
 substance
 abuse
 we
 see
 in
 aboriginal
 societies
 today.
 
 Due
 to
 the
 many
  years
 of
 segregation,
 aboriginals
 have
 found
 comfort
 in
 the
 reserves
 making
 it
  difficult
 for
 those
 who
 make
 an
 attempt
 to
 leave
 the
 reserves.
 
 In
 hopes
 to
 departing
  from
 a
 life
 of
 poverty,
 and
 attain
 better
 education,
 they
 were
 bombarded
 with
  bigotry
 and
 the
 un-­‐acceptance
 from
 other
 cultures.
 In
 addition
 to
 the
 difficulties
 that
  were
 experienced
 outside
 the
 non-­‐reserved
 lands,
 finding
 employment
 had
 become
 

an
 added
 obstacle.
 
 In
 the
 past,
 aboriginals
 were
 viewed
 as
 inferior
 and
 savage
  making
 it
 tough
 to
 find
 acknowledgment
 within
 the
 society.
 
 As
 a
 result
 of
 this,
 the
  aboriginals
 feared
 the
 white
 people
 and
 viewed
 them
 with
 much
 as
 anger,
 disgust
  and
 hostility.
 
 Today,
 awareness
 has
 spread
 and
 discrimination
 has
 begun
 to
 taper,
  although
 inequality
 is
 still
 being
 practiced
 amongst
 some
 Canadian
 citizens.
 
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