Social Representation Of Aboriginals

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Aboriginal 's are part of a marginalized minority population in Canada. Aboriginals struggle to achieve sustainable income levels and experience a lowered social status and because of this face many health disadvantages that compromise their health. For many, living below the poverty line means that may face additional issues of homelessness. Even now, many First Nations people live in crowded homes or their homes are in disrepair on the reserve. The media has elsewhere mentioned the severe housing crisis on Canadian reserves. When aboriginal people leave the reserve and are without income, they face extreme poverty and continued homelessness. Criminal activity can be the next step for some individuals. Is homelessness the reason that more …show more content…
Social status can be defined as a person 's standing or importance in relation to other people within a society, (Farlex, 2015). Aboriginals in society face, "cultural oppression, social inequality, the loss of self-government and systemic discrimination," ("Aboriginal Over-Representation"). The justice system in Canada recognizes Aboriginal 's differently then non-aboriginals, it does not take into account Aboriginal 's cultural values and experiences that they have faced in previous years. The over-representation of Aboriginals in jail is within relation to their social status. Though it is difficult to correlate whats events are leading an individual Aboriginal to commit a crime. The Canadian government has discriminatory factors directed toward Aboriginal people which affect conviction rates. This includes that:"Aboriginals... are more likely to be denied bail... [as they] spend more time in pre-trial detention than non-Aboriginal people, [and they] are more likely to be charged with multiple offences ... [and] lawyers spend less time with their Aboriginal clients than with non-Aboriginal clients," ("Aboriginal Over-Representation"). These discrimination factors of the justice system increase the number of Aboriginals in Correctional …show more content…
The effects of childhood, is hugely affected by a child’s surroundings which includes the parents income levels, the parents education level, and the neighbourhood the child was raised in. Public Health says that children who are, "neglected or abused are at higher risk for injuries, a number of behavioural, social and cognitive problems later in life, and death," (2013). This "neglect" relates to the media article mentioned above because neglecting a child during development may contribute to why so many more Aboriginal youth are in jail. The discrimination Aboriginals have experienced for the past century has influenced how an Aboriginal will parent their child. Dr. John LeBlanc, an associate professor at Dalhousie University who studies child development, has found that how a child is raised and how the child develops will influence their behaviour as an adult. "When infants and preschoolers are exposed to violence and stress, and do not receive enough positive stimulation and nurturing, they are more likely to develop a whole range of learning, social and emotional problems, which can in turn lead to other problems... [including] conflict with the law," (LeBlanc, 2012). Developing programs and educating parents on the importance of healthy childhood development, will decrease the amount of youth that have be lead to living on the street, which then leads to the greater

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