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Brief - Racism and discrimination against First Nations: Summary portrait and recommendations

Published by : Commission de la santé et des services sociaux des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador ISBN:9781926553894. Year: 2013 List(s) this item appears in: Publications de la CSSSPNQL / FNQLHSSC publications
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The news about the First Nations—and the speeches and images that accompany it—is sobering. Media coverage of the past 10 years could be summarized as follows: tensions with non-Nativepolice; overrepresentation of First Nations in the penal and youth protection systems; chronic health problems; growing numbers of Aboriginal people who are homeless; chronic underfunding of education; high unemployment and school dropout rates; difficult housing conditions, both within and outside First Nations communities; complaints and recriminations by asection of the non-Native population against land claims and other actions related to the defense and promotion of the rights of Aboriginal peoples; etc. Not to mention the persistence of prejudices and stereotypes commonly associated with Aboriginal peoples. Of course, success stories also appear in the media, which we welcome. But what do all these appallingfacts have in common? What all of these social phenomena share is that they are manifestations of racism and discrimination against First Nations and other Aboriginal peoples.

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