Canadian Aboriginals - An Overview Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the experience of Canadian Aboriginals.
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This paper presents an overview of the Canadian Aboriginals, and their experience since the arrival of white men in their nation. First, the paper describes the early years of colonization, showing how the Native Canadians could not fight off disease and also were victims of violence by the settlers. Then, the paper highlights the superior attitudes of whites toward the Aboriginals, and outlook which lasted well into the 20th century. Finally, the paper examines how the perceptions of Aboriginals started to change in Canada, citing legislation that aimed to give the Native Canadians full rights to their land. The paper concludes by noting how the Crazy Horse Memorial in Canada signifies the struggles felt by the Aboriginal population.

From the Paper:

"The coming of the twentieth century brought hope to the oppressed aboriginal Canadians, as the relationship between them and the government was constantly improving. The first notable document concerning Native Americans and their rights is the Indian Act and it has been issued in 1876. Consequent to this, the aboriginal Canadians had been recognized as being entitled to own land in certain reservations specially granted to them by the government. The matter had been controversial, as only true-blooded Indians could address it. The government considered that "status women that married non-Indians automatically ceased to be "Indian"" (Buckley, Helen, 1993, pp. 177) A number of Indians were receiving special treatment such as "housing, health services, education, social assistance for non-earners, and exemption from income tax" (Buckley, Helen, 1993, pp. 177) from the government. Even with that, a large part of the Indian population in Canada was still unprivileged because they did not meet all the demands necessarily for them to be acknowledged by the law as having the Indian status. The first impression consequent to observing the treaty signed by the government relating to natives receiving land and special care would be that matters were looking up for the ..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Buckley, Helen. (1993). From Wooden Ploughs to Welfare: Why Indian Policy Failed in the Prairie Provinces. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP.
  • Dickason, Olive Patricia. (1992). "Canada's first nations: a history of founding peoples from earliest times". Editorial Galaxia.
  • Haycock, Graham Ronald. Laurier, Wilfrid. "The Image of the Indian: The Canadian Indian as a Subject and a Concept in a Sampling of the Popular National Magazines Read in Canada, 1900-1970". University Press, 1970.
  • Howlett, Michael. "Policy Paradigms and Policy Change: Lessons from the Old and New Canadian Policies towards Aboriginal Peoples". Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 22, 1994.
  • Mieder, Wolfgang. The Only Good Indian is a Dead Indian History and Meaning of a Proverbial Stereotype. Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 106, 1993.

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