The population I have chosen to discuss in this paper is Indigenous women. I chose this group for two reasons. First, this group has historically experienced oppression and marginalization in the forms of “low income, low social status, and exposure to violence” (Bourassa, Mc-Kay-Mc-Nabb, & Hampton, 2004, p. 23) because of not just one, but multiple factors, such as race, culture, and gender. The second reason I thought I should choose this population is because although I have always felt a passion to study and work with women, however, I have not spent nearly as much time learning about and working with Indigenous persons in general, let alone Indigenous women, and as such I believe this is an area that I need to expand my horizons on. This is especially vital when studying and intending to work in a Northeastern Ontario community such as Sudbury, where there is a much higher Indigenous population than in other cities in Southern Ontario, such as my hometown of Mississauga. It is for this reason that this paper will be slightly broken up into my experi...
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...dgmental stance in Aboriginal culture, as he says it “limit[s] a person’s self determination” (1999, p. 99).
It is also important to keep current with one’s cultural competency of a population, as both the culture and practices surrounding culture may change over time. For example, it was once believed that there were only four major groups of culture (including Native American), and that each group was believed to make characteristics of the client, rather than just a portion of the client’s identity (Bogo, 2006, p. 36). Hart (1999) agrees that in an Aboriginal approach to social work, acknowledging culture’s effect on shaping a population, such as that of residential schools, is important (p. 100).
In conclusion, I still have much to learn about groups that differ from myself, however with the help of cultural competency skills, I can do so in a helpful manner.
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