The Myriad Dynamics of State Policies Shaping Canadian Aboriginal Society
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State policies have shaped Canadians’ lives in a myriad of ways. Policies and social construction have both played an important role in how policies have influenced the construction of race, class, gender and disability in the age of neoliberalism. The modern ideals have been shaped largely by historical happenings that have both challenged and advanced Canadian society, specifically in relation to the country’s Indigenous context. This essay will focus on how the larger Aboriginal setting in Canada has intrinsically linked race to all other aspects of their development through: the Haudenosaunee women’s lacrosse team, the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games, the lasting effects of residential schools and the national tragedy of missing women.
Sports have long been apart of the construction of Canadian identity, although racial and gender based issues have been a defining factor in league development. The mythology of sports presents the nation with a unifying force that often masks any social struggles. It has also become a political project, focused on two aspects: colonialism and modernization. Sports were an early attempt at classifying society and as a means for cultural imperialism. A Settler game, Baggataway, of the First Nations people was transitioned into the Euro-centric sport of lacrosse. The British saw the game as a colonizing tool, which helped to form the National identity. It became a means to shift an unwritten aspect of Canadian life, into a facet that dictated the larger states’ intent. Aboriginals have been placed under an ongoing struggle to find a secure spot within the Canadian sport spotlight, especially in terms of women’s involvement in lacrosse. They were looking to challenge traditional views with the modern...
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...iginal identity, and yet knowledge of these issues do not often reach the national level as Eurocentric views on the issues segregate them to the margins of society.
Canada has developed through policies and social constructions that have influenced Canadian lives in an uncountable number of ways. Thematically, Aboriginal issues have been at the center of that nation, from early contact to present day. Neoliberal ideals have continued to shape what are considered to be socially constructed aspects of society: race, class, gender and disability. This essay has outlined how the key context of Indigenous presence in Canadian life in the Haudenosaunee women’s lacrosse team, the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games, the lasting effects of residential schools and the national tragedy of missing women have been fundamental aspect of historical development and modern-day nuances.