Oral Presentation # 2

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Title of Paper

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Please come to the presentation with questions prepared for all of the people who are also presenting on the same day as you. Don’t forget to see if you can link any of the papers to readings we did at the beginning of the course.


4 thoughts on “Oral Presentation # 2

  1. Canada’s “Justice” System: Systematic Racism and the First Nations Community


    First Peoples have been subject to racism and maltreatment since colonialism began in Canada. Once these people were no longer useful as slaves, the government of Canada did its best to assimilate or to rid of the “Indian” completely. Through the use of reserves, Canada has been able to exclude the Aboriginal community socially and economically from the rest of the country. Today, Indigenous people are over-represented in incarceration rates, being victims of violent crimes, and in human trafficking. People in this community deal with police racial profiling, and they feel victimized and lack confidence in the police forces that are there to “protect” them. The lack of a proper education system in reserves means that there are little to no opportunities for the socioeconomic growth of these people. The Canadian government does not do enough to solve any of these problems, as our country is systematically racist and wishes to keep the First Nations community an inferior one.

  2. Introduction:
    The Canadian government’s commencement has caused Native Canadians to suffer tremendously. Since the government has more power than Native people, it complicates Native people’s lives and makes it difficult for them to live their lives the way they used to. This paper will be discussing many Native British Columbian tribes such as Haida, Metis, and many others in British Columbia, Canada around the years 1980 and 1990s. Some of the figures that will be discussed are Taiaiake Alfred, a Mohawk author and activist, Charles R. Menzies, a Metis anthropologist and fisherman, William Paul, the leader of Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB). Prince Rupert, which is located in British Columbia, will be mentioned when discussing the story of a fisherman, which is mentioned in anthropologist Charles R. Menzies’s article. Significant events such as the Spallumcheen Indian Band By-law (1980) and many others will also be mentioned. This paper will discuss the relationship between the Canadian government and Native people and the crucial factors that are required to maintain a relationship between them. Moreover, the laws implemented that restricted natives from living their lives the way they did originally and their causes, how Native people react and the effects of those new laws on them. Furthermore, the paper will discuss the result of their treatment to Native people, the difference in the treatment of Native people toward Euro-Canadian and vice versa, the issues Native people had to deal with because of the conflict that is caused by the government and Euro-Canadians, and the way most Native people have become after their experiences. The Canadian government and its Canadian citizens should put themselves in the Native people’s shoes and decide if their treatment is fair or unfair. Since natives have suffered from the creation of the Canadian government, the government’s job is to listen to Native people’s demands and try to figure out a way to satisfy their needs in order to develop a good relationship between them.

  3. Abstract:
    Aboriginal women in Canada are targets of violence and neglect more than other women. They are viewed as inferior to others; therefore, they are easily taken advantage of. There is a growing number of Aboriginal women who have been reported missing or have been murdered however, there is an insufficient amount of investigations that are taken place. Therefore, this essay argues that the justice system is unfair towards these women. In addition, police departments often fail to protect them. This paper also argues that patriarchy, colonialism, the intersectionality of race and gender and finally the marginalization of Aboriginals are the causes for the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.

  4. First Nation Women’s Past and Present Degradation and their Future of Empowerment

    This paper argues that the result of past legal documents and governmental policies have demeaned women in the past and continues to do so today. This paper argues that many Aboriginal women have been fighting for their rights since then. This paper demonstrates how the traditional view of a First Nations woman was completely changed when the Europeans colonized Canada and imposed their ways of living and gender roles upon the First Nation people. This paper argues that policies form the Indian Act and Bill C-31 have many indications of discrimination against women and that it brought about many issues that they had to face. This paper will also prove that these policies that were passed at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century, have had a major influence on the racism, sexism, violence and stereotypes that First Nation women are still facing today, in the 21st Century. This paper demonstrates how today women are empowering each other and are beginning to use their voices in their society to make a change for themselves, as First Nations women and for the future generations to come.

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