Cultural Competence in Canadian Aboriginal Issues Term Paper by Nicky

Cultural Competence in Canadian Aboriginal Issues
A look at Canadian aboriginal issues through the eyes of a social work student.
# 149094 | 2,102 words | 10 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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The paper discusses the definition of cultural competence and the five essential elements that contribute to becoming culturally competent. The paper also looks at the six possibilities in the developmental process of cultural competence and explains the debate surrounding what constitutes cultural competence. The paper looks at the factors that result in the lack of cultural competency and emphasizes the important role of cultural competence when it comes to dealing with the Canadian aboriginal people.

From the Paper:

"When these indigenous languages die out, every piece of knowledge that the speakers had and did not pass on to others dies out as well. The goal of the researchers that were written about in the NY Times article is to record these languages and collect lists of basic words, so that the languages can be preserved. This will also help to preserve knowledge and understanding of other cultures, what the people in those cultures find important, and the lessons that they have learned and not been able to pass on to other individuals. The language is important, but the preservation of the culture is really the key issue where the aboriginal and indigenous people of any region are concerned (Arredondo, et al, 1996).
"Whether through the death of the last surviving speaker or the assimilation into another culture and language of the few individuals that still speak a particular language, these indigenous languages are going to one day be gone if they are not preserved now. Who knows how many of them, and all of the knowledge that came with them, have already vanished from the earth, without anyone even being aware that something very important was lost? Words have a great deal of power, whether written or spoke, and the death of a language pains many individuals who study language, culture, word origins, and indigenous people, in addition to those that seek to understand themselves and the world around them and find the mysteries that it holds (Atkinson, Maruyama, & Matsui, 1978)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Arredondo, P., Toperek, R., Brown, S. P., Jones, J., Locke, D. C., Sanchez, J., & Stradler, H. (1996). Operationalization of multicultural counseling competencies. Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development, 24, 42-78.
  • Atkinson, D.R., Maruyama, M. & Matsui, S. (1978). The effects of counselor race and counseling approach on Asian-Americans perceptions of counselor credibility and utility. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 25, 76-83.
  • Atkinson, D.R. & Matsushita, Y.J. (1991). Japanese-American acculturation, counseling style, counselor ethnicity, and perceived counselor credibility. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 38, 473-478.
  • Cross T., Bazron, B., Dennis, K., & Isaacs, M. (1989). Towards a culturally competent system of care, volume I. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Child Development Center, CASSP Technical Assistance Center.
  • Davis, K. (1997). Exploring the intersection between cultural competency and managed behavioral health care policy: Implications for state and county mental health agencies. Alexandria, VA: National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health Planning.

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