Reflective Social Work Essay

Topics: Sociology, First Nations, Social work Pages: 3 (465 words) Published: July 11, 2011
Assignment 3 - Outline

I have worked with the aboriginal community for a few years and would like to learn more. I felt that doing research and a paper with regards to Aboriginal people would be relevant and a great learning opportunity to write a paper with regards to this topic. Please see below a rough outline that I thought I would look at with regards to writing a paper. I’m not sure if this was exactly what you were looking for.

Historical Influcences on First Nations

Epistology - challenging me to look at how knowledge is and has been constructed and which knowledge has been and continues to be privileged Structural and Cultural coloization by Euro-Western Society (p. 31) Systematic distruction of Aboriginal history, language, identity, traditions, spirituality Goal to assimilate

Residential school system
Current attempts to rectify the injustices of the past
the oppressors and the oppressed (p, 47)

Current Challenges
Five Characteristic of Oppression - Problems with poverty and marinalization, unemployment, racism, substance abuse, violence (p.47) Living on the reserves /unemployment / one parent familes / poverty Impact of Colonialism

Advantages of rights, benefits that are implicity granted to groups of people who reflect a site of dominance (p22 unit 2) Formal and informal power structures (p.29)
How social social influences what I know

Bell Hooks discusses the importance of how students and educators need to create a “learning space that can be both life sustaining and mind-expanding: where we all work together to support one another.

Arney Mindell also talks that “the well-being of our communities depends upon representation from all community members. Deep democracy also looks at the ways in which communities engage with regards to power, inclusion, and marinality.

Will discuss about resilence - theory - protective factors (connection to community / connection to spirituality)

I will then discuss...
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