Using Social Justice Tools to Assess Economic Conditions of Newcomers in to Canada 1
Using Social Justice Tools to Assess Economic Conditions of Newcomers in to Canada
Tejpal S. Gill
University of Regina-Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
Using Social Justice Tools to Assess Economic Conditions of Newcomers in to Canada 2
This paper intends to give an insight into the various economic issues that are faced by recent immigrants into Canada. Among the issues involved are employment conditions and income status.
The LINC programs contains a microcosm of the multitudes of humanity that have decided to migrate into Canada in search of better opportunities. Canadian society has often seen itself has having fiduciary responsibility to help those who cannot mend for themselves. One of the social groups included in those described as such are the newcomers or those who have migrated into Canada fairly recently. Having left their homelands in search of greener pastures; this paper intends to examine the multiple facets they have to deal with in order to survive in Canada’s highly competitive society.
One of the students in the LINC program of Saskatchewan Polytechnic is cited as an example of a person coping with these social justice issues. Academic acumen is achieved through improved fluency in English in order to help them become productive members of the workforce or to enable them to gain access to university education.
Keywords: microcosm, fiduciary, facets, acumen, fluency
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Definition of Social Justice Terms
Buettner-Schmidt; et al (2012) defines social justice as fair partaking in society with all the benefits and obligations. This gives people a situation seen as equitable standards in life. Qualities seen include fair treatment, equality in distribution of resources, just social structures, equal chance of human development, and sufficient health care opportunity.
Employment would be a condition wherein a person has a source of livelihood of a legitimate nature. Income status would be a condition defined as having a considerable amount of money going into a person’s resource base needed to sustain life.
Review of Literature
Koh et al. (2010) have determined that, “Specifically, eliminating health disparities will require heightened emphasis on translating and disseminating proven interventions in a way that will reach all people, irrespective of social class or racial and ethnic background. It will also require transcending the confines of academia to reach and influence broader real-world settings (paragraph 4).” This article from the American Journal of Public Medicine views social justice as a method by which health inequities should be corrected by using proven and time-tested techniques. It also encourages dissemination of resources regardless of social, racial, or cultural background. This article also envisions social justice advocacy beyond the academe and into society as a whole.
Using Social Justice Tools to Assess Economic Conditions of Newcomers in to Canada 4 Gostin, L et al. (2006) describes social justice such that: “A core insight of social justice is that there are multiple causal pathways to numerous dimensions of disadvantage. These include poverty, substandard housing, poor education, unhygienic and polluted environments, and social disintegration. These and many other causal agents lead to systematic disadvantage not only in health, but also in nearly every aspect of social, economic, and political life (paragraph 6).” This tells us that lack of social justice can be seen within the context of an inequitable chance of having good healthcare. This problem is connected to other issues of...
References: 1. Koh, Howard et al (2010). Translating Research Evidence into Practice to Reduce Health Disparities: A Social Determinants Approach; American Journal of Public Health; Suppl 1:S72-80
2. Scambler, Graham (2012). Health Inequalities; Sociology of Health & Illness:
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 130–146
3. Gostin, Lawrence; Powers, Madison (2006). What Does Social Justice Require For The Public’s Health? Public Health Ethics And Policy Imperatives: Health Affairs: Vol. 25 No.4 1053-1060
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