Gender Inequality In Canada

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As much as Canada tries to pride itself on treating everyone equally, unfortunately this is not even the case with those of true Canadian decent, our First Nations people. It is human to error, but these errors of judgement and turning a blind eye are costing this minority more than just hurt feelings, it is taking away their rights and making it harder for them to get ahead. Maybe the problem with inequality is people aren’t educated enough. Not educated enough to understand the harsh living conditions forced upon Canadian Aboriginal people, and damages being caused by these unfair limitations brought on by reserves and the Indian Act. These acts of violence do not give them the same opportunities to get ahead as the average while male or…show more content…
In a country that prides itself on nationalism, the poor mistreatment of Aboriginal people in their communities does not express the idea of Canadian equality. “Popular usages of race have been based on the assumption that a race is a grouping or classification based on genetic variations in physical appearance, particularly skin colour” (Murry, Linden, and Kendall, 2014, p.274). Race minorities like Aboriginals are already at an unfair disadvantage because of being a minoritiy in Canada. A majority has the option to abuse its power or help those minorities, making equality possible (Murry.2014, p.276). People stereotype a whole minority as one type of people even if its not true (Murry, 2014, p.277). This needs to stop as the amount of visible minorities in Canada is growing. Only 10.2 percent of immigrants were racial or visible minorities before the 1960’s (based on 2001 Census data). Most were white Europeans. Yet in the short time spend of ten years that went up dramatically to 51.8 percent in the late 1970’s. “65.4 percent for 1980s arrivals and nearly 75 percent for 1990s arrivals. As a result, racial or visible minorities have grown from constituting less…show more content…
The effects of past colonialism are reflected in the poor housing conditions of many Aboriginal persons living on reserves today. “Internal colonialism is used to refer to a situation in which members of a racial or ethnic group are conquered or colonized and forcibly placed under the economic and political control of the dominant group” (Murry, 2014, p.286). The Europeans that invaded and conquered their land colonized Canada’s Aboriginal people. With this, they lost “property, political rights, aspects of their culture, and often their lives. The capitalist class acquired cheap labour and land through this government-sanctioned racial exploitation. The effects of past internal colonialism are reflected today in the number of Aboriginal people who live in extreme poverty on government reserves”(Murry, 2014, p.286). In 1876 The Canadian government passed the Indian Act, which gave the government almost all rights to Aboriginal peoples life. “The regulations under the act included prohibitions against owning and, voting, purchasing and consuming alcohol, and leaving reserves without permission and a ticket from the government’s agent” (Murry, 2014, p.292). Residential boarding schools were the only options for Aboriginal children and the conditions of these schools were terrible. “Many Aboriginal children who attended these schools were

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