Health in our modern society is highly dependent upon occupation, income and wealth which determine socioeconomic position. Higher incomes support access to a wider variety of goods and services that are beneficial to an individual’s health, such as quality food and housing, greater health care options, and activities that promote health. Loss of income through illness, disability or injury can adversely affect individual socioeconomic position and health. The 2012-2013 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey (AATSIHS) examined associations...
Between the 1830’s and 1980’s, 150,000 Aboriginal children were removed from their homes and forced to attend government-funded religious schools. These schools were formed in order to assimilate them into European culture Fundamentally, these schools were established as a method of cultural genocide against the Aboriginal people. Indigenous youth were neglected, malnourished, physically and sexually assaulted, and told their culture was sinful. About 3000 children died as a consequence of these school. Some froze to death after escaping, trying to...
Native populations face a serious human rights problem: The nations of the world refuse to recognize that they have human rights. While those countries are ready to recognize that individual indigenous persons have rights secured through international human rights law, problems arise when they claim rights as a peoples of an ethnic, cultural, racial, or national background. To protect native peoples from the possible repetition of the horrific acts performed against them in the past, laws should be put in...
The aboriginal population currently incarcerated is shown as overrepresented in Canada and has been for decades. The Canadian government has recognized this and have tried to change the negative treatment that the justice system serves, yet statistics maintain the fact that aboriginals are severely overrepresented. These problems are a result of past racist and demeaning policies set in place by the government. Events like these have resulted in the high rates of alcohol and drug abuse as well as unemployment...
In the study of political science which I am very much acquainted with, indigenous groups and ethnic minorities are often discussed in periphery especially when it comes to topics of state-building or power structures. These groups are commonly seen as mere subjects of political changes rather than prime historical actors or movers. Consequently, much of the experiences of these groups of people are left unaccounted for. The beauty then with having to study the ethnohistory of different indigenous groups and...
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Aboriginal rights have drastically changed over the past century from the 20th-21th century. Things have gone from The Stolen Generation, soldiers being denied the right to return home and Women getting abused in the workplace to today where women can work any job, men getting recognized for their achievements on the battlefield, and children only now finding their long-lost siblings (for one person, she waited 100 years just to die 6 months later). In this essay, I will explore the...
Aboriginal individuals represent 2.5% of the whole population in Australia. An ongoing survey of community uncovers that crosswise over seven reviews, indigenous grown-ups perceived to have more self-announced mental illness as opposed to non-indigenous individuals. Also, information on passing from 2001 to 2010 regarding suicide have demonstrated to be twofold than non-indigenous individuals in Australia. (Chalmers et al, 2014). This report is about to see the mental status and suicide issue among aboriginals. The major goals are to explore the...
Driven by glory and potential wealth Christopher Columbus was commissioned by the Spanish royalty to convert non-Christians on his voyage west. Through this he launched the age of exploration which would unveil the rest of the world. For European nations, it was a boastful time filled with the adventure of discovering and conquering foreign territories, but it should also be recognized as a time of ignorance and destruction. Christopher Columbus and Bartolome de Las Casa observations and opinions of the...
Indiginous Australians and Torres Strait Islander have been fighting for their rights and freedom for decades. With the help of Fred Maynard, Eddie Mabo and the tent embassy event, Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders were able to gain back many parts of their original land, their freedom and their right to do everything, everyone in Australia can do. However there are still many problems that need to be solved but we are still able to enjoy how far we have...
“Our spirituality is a oneness and an interconnectedness with all that lives and breathes, even with all that does not live or breathe.” – Mudrooroo. The Dreaming plays a significant role in the lives of Aboriginal people and their spirituality. The Dreaming is the creation of life and other important landforms and sites, by their Ancestral Spirits, as they passed over the land. To Aboriginal people, the Dreaming is the foundation of their religious beliefs. Dreaming is the Aboriginal understanding...
In Canada, during the 1968 election, Pierre Trudeau campaigned his vision of a ‘just society.’ He was known for defining what his version of a ‘just society was. He envisioned a society where every Canadian had a reasonable standard of living and where every citizen had the same individual rights. Thus, after he was elected, he brought the Charter of Rights and Freedom to Canada, which protected a citizen’s rights by preventing laws that unfairly discriminate or take away human...