Urban Aboriginal Essay

1881 words - 8 pages

In this essay, we will analyze certain aspects of Aboriginal life, specifically pertaining to their experiences within the urban city setting. Aboriginals coming from their respective reservations face many difficulties, challenges, and hardships when attempting to integrate themselves into city life. This paper aims to illuminate some of those issues, as well as, give the reader a better understanding of urban Aboriginals. This paper does not intend on providing solutions to the problems that are discussed. This paper aims to present a manner of which we can approach the problem, and reduce bias as well as prejudice.
First and foremost, in each paragraph we will address the issues as well as present research that has been conducted about Aboriginals and what challenges they face. Then we will discuss what the research data claims and what the conclusions mean, and how the data can be applied to alleviate some of the hardships the Urban Aboriginal faces.
Research has been conducted about Aboriginals because even though they are the first peoples of this land, they have been oppressed, enslaved, their land taken from them, then sent to reservations in an attempt to segregate them from the rest of society, claiming they should have their own laws and regulations. After sometime within our history, our government decided we should assimilate them but, at the same time acknowledge that they are different, adhere to different laws, and be treated differently, apart from the normal citizen. When Aboriginals leave their reserve, perhaps in search of a better life, healthcare, jobs, or just to be a part of the accepted norm, the differences in treatment from their reservations to the city, their experiences with the government, and lifestyle, creates an amalgamation of problems.
The first problem that Aboriginals face when moving to the urban city is healthcare. Many of them have problems trusting healthcare professionals when entering the city. This is due to their maltreatment in the past and attitudes with health issues. Two scholarly research articles address these issues. In one article, a sample population of Aboriginals is interviewed to figure out the problems and issues that Aboriginals face in regards to health care services in Canada. They concluded that many Aboriginals do not acquire medical help when they need it due to factors such as the health care systems being insensitive to their way of life. An example of this is many preteen pregnant Aboriginals refuse to seek medical help and assistance because they fear child services will take their baby (Macdonald & Bassard, 2010). Other issues are addressed, such as the amount of health care professionals that are Aboriginal, and the science education provided to them in order to create these professionals.
In the other journal article, research is conducted on the level of awareness that aboriginals have of TB (Tuberculosis). The research concluded that TB is still quite prevalent in...

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