Aboriginal People Analysis

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This unit enabled me to explore the history of relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Australia. More precisely, the unit is an eye-opener to understand the dispossession, resistance, adaptation and survival of indigenous people in Australia followed by the British colonization. I heard that the indigenous people were bush tuckers and lived in bushes. However, I do not have much idea about their history, lifestyle and culture before I learn this unit. I am really admired by the knowledge that the indigenous people followed a lot of fundamentals principles in their life. In other words, they had spiritual association with their land; a social commitment to kin; and a religious affiliation with the Dreaming from which …show more content…
It makes me sad that the colonizers used the theories like Great chain of Being theory and social Darwinism as a basis for making government policies against the indigenous people. In my view, it was really rude to use these theories to assimilate and kill the indigenous people. I have not heard about these theories before. But, this unit made me read about these theories. The ancient British people were really cunning to use these theories to support their superiority over the indigenous people and gave the Aboriginal people the blame for their own extinction. Moreover, I would like have a look into the stereotypes about the indigenous people. I strongly believed that they were created during the time of British colonization and still exist today and spread by the media. The whole indigenous people were considered lazy and childish by the western people in those days. Nowadays, they are stereotyped as lazy, irresponsible, aggressive, violent, alcoholics and drug addicts. But, this is not true. Not all of them are lazy and irresponsible. Most of the Aboriginal people are working in various government sectors and earn their livelihood and some are active in the community development projects. I also have personal experience to work with the indigenous people. They have a lot of …show more content…
They cannot parent their children properly because they were not parented at all. Such generations are more likely to have low self esteem, suffering from mental illness, vulnerable to physical, emotional and sexual abuse and are unable to retain their links with their land and culture. The content of this unit made me aware of the fact that the indigenous people are the most disadvantageous group in the Australian society. The life expectancy of indigenous people is 15 to 20 years less than the non-indigenous population and their infant mortality rate is 3 to 5 times higher than the general population. Their school retention rates, unemployment rates, arrest rates and custody death rates are all higher than the general population. The individual wellbeing of the Aboriginal can be enhanced by many different ways. I think that made them citizens of the country and make laws, rules and regulations favorable to them is a good idea to enhance their living. Respect their culture, heritage, and family and kinship system and teach the same to the present and future generation is also useful. Strategies to improve their learning skills and health outcomes are the next

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