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April 23, 2017
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Dawn Lavell Harvard
April 21, 2017
OverviewIndigenous communities in Canada face tremendous obstacles in accessing educational and other social services. The high cost of food and housing in remote areas exacerbates the vulnerability of the population. Secondary school dropout rates are high, while suicide rates among youth are astronomical. Housing is often inadequate and access to social services can be sparse.
I am a settler-colonialist, from a family of immigrants and settler-colonialist ancestry. I am pursuing my MA in Sustainability Studies at Trent University, with a focus on First Nations sustainable economic development in the renewable energy sector.
Access to education and other social services by the Indigenous communities in Canada has begun to attract attention due to increase in suicide rates, high drop-out rates, and disproportional representation in the penal system. Financial resources, development plans, and other government-mandated initiatives are not working. Indigenous communities in Canada are experiencing a human rights crisis that requires a different approach.
As the truth about the residential school systems and its generational effects are being discussed more openly and increasingly publicly, there is an opportunity to reframe this discussion, away from one that assigns blame to the First Nations governments or Aboriginal people, towards one rooted in Indigenous values, principles and teachings. What might this look like? What role does education of Aboriginal youth play in this conversation? How can we facilitate the empowerment of Indigenous community members?
I look forward to exploring these ideas and other possibilities with the participants of this discussion forum. Through open and respectful conversations, we can learn from one another and share ideas with regards to access to education and social services of Indigenous communities.show less
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|B: Traditional healing practices||13%|
|C: Culture gap between settler practitioners and Indigenous patients||13%|
|D: Intergenerational trauma and mental health||63%|