Aboroginal vs Non Aboroginal People
Canada has a constitution which recognizes three groups in regards to aboriginal people. They include: the Inuit, the Métis and the Indians. There are significant issues that surround and affect these people. The factors range from environmental, cultural, political and geographical and continually meet the aboriginal individuals with either positive or negative effects. It would be expected that a strong and ever-present group through the course of history such as this would have a secure hold on matters that would affect them. Ten years in and the government of Canada is seen to have failed the aboriginal groups. According to Kait in her Al Jazeera article, the average income that these aboriginal people received was leveled as lower than the average Canadian.
She states that as per a survey conducted in the year 2005, an annual income paid to an Indian was $12,000 making them the poorest earners in the state of Canada as compared to the other two aboriginal group’s $20,000. An average non-indigenous Canadian would earn an average annual salary of $30,000. The location which the Indians are living in; i. Cultural oppression, government policies, systemic racism, the neo-colonial acts as well as colonial practices are among some of the indirect influences that lead to their homelessness. For instance, government policies regarding forest conservation may have the best of intentions towards the betterment of Canada’s geographical wellbeing. Nevertheless, the way of life of the aboriginals is directly tied to activities. For instance, the Inuit’s obtaining of clothing and food from hunting and gathering, or the Métis’ need to obtain fur for their trading from the forest as they always have since their emergence in the 18th Century as the First Nations married the European traders (Métis National Council, 2013).
As such, the shift in policies by the governing bodies cuts them off from their livelihood. There is also need for the aboriginal people to be protected from the social stereotypes that they are constantly dragged through such as being seen as inadequate and lacking in ability due to their maintained belief system concerning their religions, cultures, social systems and ideologies. The continued rebuking underrating of their systems as a people in regards to inequality only works in maintaining this ‘legacy of subordination’ (McCall et al. In retrospect, the analysis into the standards of living that the indigenous people experienced over the course of 30 years to date is degrading and digressive. The only way to shift this into more preferable ways is to shift ideologies and remove aspects of corruption and stereotyping in the governmental positions as well as Canadian citizens as well as those in other parts of the world.
The Inuit, Métis as well as the Indians born in Canada as well as those who received citizenship from other legal channels have just as right a claim to own, cultivate and thrive on the resources of Canada. Ottawa: Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Retrieved From: http://w. itk. ca/about-inuit Patrick, Caryl (2014). Aboriginal Homelessness in Canada: A Literature Review.
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