On a sunny afternoon sitting in a Starbucks drinking the darkest coffee I asked myself why did I chose to get mobilized for the Aboriginals? The answer is as simple as the question: because if I don’t care then we have to assume nobody will!
When I was in high school I’ve witnessed an Aboriginal Chief tell to a full audience at Mc Gill university that the one thing he hated the most (even worse than the Canadian government) was when a white person pronounced the words Aboriginals, Amerindian, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit. When asked what we should call them he answered “Nothing. Nothing at... [+] Read more
The book written by Yatta Kanu called “Intergrating Aboriginal Perspective into the School Curriculum” published by the University of Toronto Press in 2011, explores the possible challenges and possibilities that could arise from integrating Native American culture in a western base curriculum. I have decided to specialize my knowledge in the field of education but more precisely in the incorporation of Native American culture. I believe it is our duty to preserve such rich cultures from oppressions of corporations who neglect the Amerindian territory and culture, but also against... [+] Read more
In the article "Maison du Père offers an exit from the streets" by Charlie Fidelman, the organization the Maison du Père decided to create a new program that allows the homeless population of Montreal their Dignity and life back together. The program allows homeless men that have been attending the shelter for more than three months the... [+] Read more
As team-mates, my partner and I will be going to the Projet Autochtone du Québec (PAQ) in Montreal’s Chinatown in order to devote our time to the homeless aboriginal who seek shelter and food. Although over the years the PAQ struggled with financial difficulties due to high demands, it kept its core values providing a safe and friendly environment that would allow personal growth and a place to not feel threaten. After reading the article on the PAQ, it is clear that the organization want to offer a clean location to his native clients that are mostly from the northern regions... [+] Read more
The article Spiritual Assessment and Native Americans: Establishing the Social Validity of a Complementary Set of Assessment Tools written by David R. Hodge and Gordon E. Limb studies the effects of the cultural and spiritual implications of Native Americans. The article considers the spirituality as being the central component of Native American culture, in addition it is essential to the promotion of health and wellbeing. Spirituality can also be an uplift for times where the community is facing adversity. In the experiment the participants needed to answer a survey on demographics... [+] Read more
‘‘Idle No More calls on all people to join in a peaceful revolution, to honour Indigenous sovereignty, and to protect the land and water’’
Theresa Spence is the chef of the Attawakispat tribe and she has ignited a movement called Idle No More to alert the dominant culture of the injustice that the government was imposing on the First Nations, Inuit and Metis. Theresa Spence decided to do a hunger strike to attract the attention of the government so they can discuss the injustice and find common grounds. Her protest was able to attract worldwide interest to awaken a revolution for... [+] Read more
The Project Autochone du Quebec (PAQ) is according to the Kanata, McGill's Indigenous Studies Community ''A non-profit organization for the Social and Professional Development of First Nations, Metis and Inuit residing in Quebec. The primary goal is too provide temporary shelter for the homeless and people at risk. The beds we offer are used by members of the Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit Community in crisis situations.''
In 2014 the Project Autochtone du Quebec organization has received major funding in order to move to a new establishment. Unfortunately the organization does not have a... [+] Read more
Achieving balance through empowered healing is the main value that drives the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal (NWSM) since 1987. The goals of the NWSM are to provide a safe environment where women can begin to rebuild their lives and their mental health. They offer support and frontline services to Aboriginal women and children to promote their empowerment and independence. The NWSM is the only women’s shelter in Montreal that provides services exclusively to Aboriginal and Inuit women and their children. The NMSM can accommodate up to 16 women and children per night.
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In the 19th century the aboriginals of Canada were brought in residential schools in order to assimilate their culture. The constant discount of the Canadian government for the aboriginal education system has a negative impact accountably on the Native Americans, but more specifically on those who try to pursue greater education. The aboriginals of Canada are being forced to conform to sociological norms of a society that doesn’t even accepts or acknowledges them by conforming to their educational systems which will result in cultural loss as seen in the past with the residential schools.
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