Social Conditions of Indigenous People in Canada ~ Begin By Understanding Indigenous Communities Are Diverse and Uniquely Different

There are a number of important indicators that are used to understand and identify the health and wellness of individuals and families. In Ontario, since 2014 a great deal of work has occurred in creating and ‘Urban Indigenous Action Plan’ with the goal of improving the socio-economic situation for all Aboriginal peoples, who live, work, and raise their families in urban communities across Ontario.

What are considered important indicators of family and child wellness?

 

A safe and stable place to live

Reliable and adequate income/employment

Access to nutritious food

Education and learning opportunities

Access to health services

Belonging and participation in social networks

Practice and promotion of culture/language

READ THE URBAN INDIGENOUS ACTION PLAN DISCUSSION PAPER

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Canadian’s Must Learn and Understand What The “Sixties Scoop” Is In Our History~The Legacy of Residential Schools

LawNow relating law to life in Canada published an article on March 2, 2017, regarding one of the darkest and saddest periods of Canadian history. The article details how hundreds of Aboriginal children were taken from their homes and removed from the reserves and placed into the Canadian (and American) child welfare systems in the 1960’s. Every Canadain must learn and understand about that Indigenous people in our communities, who work alongside us, live with us as neighbours and share across our social networks carry the legacy, trauma, and effects of residential schools, the breakdown of their family as a child and the impact of being taken away from their community and culture.  READ FULL ARTICLE

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60% of First Nation children on reserve live in poverty….

Children who are Aboriginal represent 7% of all children in Canada. A key call-to-action in the Truth and Reconciliation report from the Commission of Canada is to reduce the number of children in care across our country. Less than half of the children, who are in care across Canada are living with a foster parent that is Aboriginal. READ FULL ARTICLE by MURAT YÜKSELIR AND EVAN ANNETT

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