Aboriginal Health: Addictions as a Result of Colonization and Marginalization


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Aboriginal Health: Addictions as a Result of Colonization and Marginalization
The next several pages will look at the epidemic of addiction in aboriginal society in Canada and how this is a legacy of residential schools, the “60s scoop,” and the systematic marginalization of aboriginal culture over time. The consequences of aboriginal culture being denigrated for so long are impossible to ignore: loss of self-esteem; a loss of purpose; and a generally nihilistic mind-set that makes self-destructive behaviour seem appropriate. Another thing that may be argued is that a cycle of trauma emerged over time: generation after generation, native families and communities must grapple with the same troubles and pandemics of drug use and...
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..... One of the ones you hear most about is obviously the residential schools, and residential schools have gotten considerable media attention over the past decade or so. And so it should, because it had a dramatic impact that we're still feeling today. But child welfare to a large extent picked up where residential schools left off.
"The lesser-known story is the child welfare story and its assimilationist program. And you have to remember that none of this was written down as policy: 'We'll assimilate aboriginal kids openly through the residential schools. And after we close the residential schools we'll quietly pick it up with child welfare.' It was never written down. But it was an organic process, part of the colonial process in general."