Three Myths about Aboriginals in Cities

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Three Myths about Aboriginals in Cities
Ottawa: Canadian Federation for the Humanities & Social Sciences.
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Dr. Evelyn Peters has contributed to better understanding of shifts in the Aboriginal human geography in Canada that imply changes in Aboriginal women’s experience and future requirements. In 1951, approximately 7% of Aboriginals lived in large cities but by 2001, nearly 50% of the national population was urban. (Myths 1) This change points to several economic and cultural changes away from what non-Native Canadians may assume of Natives as non-participants in mainstream society or as persons that ‘belong’ in rural areas. (Myths 8)
Moreover, Canada’s urban Aboriginal population is mainly in the larger cities where a range...
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.....umbers, as does recognition of the Métis.
These matters will raise the profiles of Aboriginal women. Many Native persons without formal status in the past have been city dwellers in persons of obvious Aboriginal descent and others not visibly recognizable as Native persons that are also entitled to status benefits. The public should now expect higher urban visibility, more community projects, and need for expanded Native services. As Peters argued, the public must adapt its views on where Aboriginal Canadians are found, how they live, or what they plan for the future. The monograph just discussed is detailed in some respects. Most important, it offers a readable starting place for those wishing to understand Aboriginal reality in modernity.