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Aboriginal Women are Oppressed in Society

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Throughout history, women have been the victims of oppression in society. In specific, Aboriginal women have suffered through racism, sexism, domestic violence, and over-representation. Through the implementation of the Indian Act, Aboriginal women have been forced to abandon their culture in order to assimilate into Canadian society. The effects of colonization has changed the way Aboriginal women are treated; emotionally and physically, and therefore are the source of oppression today.
The Indian Act was created under the provisions section 91 of the Constitution Act of 1867 (Moss, 1990). The act was implemented to define who an “Indian” is and the rights that come with the title. These rights pertain to status, bands and reserves for the Aboriginals. "The great aim of our legislation has been to do away with the tribal system and assimilate the Indian people in all respects with the other inhabitants of the Dominion as speedily as they are fit to change” (John A Macdonald, 1887). The Canadian Federal government of 1867’s goal was to regulate and administer in the affairs of Indians. Subsequently, the Second World War made humans become more aware of the concept of human rights. For all of the Aboriginals lost during the war and ones used for labor, led to a revision of the Indian Act in 1951. This revision did not take out the oppressive concepts, but rather revised the unsuccessful acts, and ultimately left the Indian Act intact.
Regarding the amendments to the Indian Act, none of the oppressive concepts were discussed and it was under scrutiny from the start. It was highly criticized for gender bias under determining the status of women and their Aboriginal rights. Under legislation, an Aboriginal women who marries a non-Abo...

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