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  1. Introduction.
  2. Reference to the article Booze, Suicide Plagues Reserve Where Girls Died.
  3. The anti-oppressive social worker.
  4. Social work: Responding to the needs of Aboriginals in Canada.
  5. Conclusion.
  6. Bibliography.

Social problems are inherent truths within any society. Developed countries have social problems in the same way that developing countries do. However, in many cases in developed countries, the people who live there do not always now that the problem exists, unless in is right in front of them. This is especially true in Canada. Even though Canada is thought of as one of the best countries in the world to live in, it has its own array of social problems that many do not know about, or simply choose to ignore. The plight of Canada's Aboriginal population is a great example of this. Many of these Aboriginals live in extreme poverty under very tough conditions, but for many of us, especially those of us in the larger metropolitan areas, we do not think about that when we tell people how great Canada is. Within many of these poor Aboriginal communities the people suffer from more social problems than they are equipped to handle. One such social problem that they are afflicted with is alcohol abuse.

[...] Theories which inform social work practice in the north should provide a comprehensive view of the world and an understanding of how the parts fit together as well as enabling the practioners to understand the meanings of particular individual and collective behaviours. As such, an eco-systemic theory base is helpful, as it relies on the practioners attention to the complexity of variables in the physical, social, organizational and cultural environment and requires that attention be paid to how and in what way these variables affect one another in the present over time. [...]


[...] The order perspective has an interesting way of dealing with social problems. For someone who adheres to the order perspective, someone who does not behave in a way typically sanctioned by society, it is assumed that something went wrong during their socialization process, as this is the only way to account for this. Society needs to be weary of these people as they pose a threat to the equilibrium of society. As such, we usually place these people in social institutions in an effort to make them ?productive? members of society. [...]


[...] Canadian Press (1-Feb, 2008). Booze, Suicide Plagues Reserve Where Girls Died. Accessed on 23-Feb-08. from www.edmontonsun.com/news/canada/2008/02/01/4805593-sun.html CTV News Staff (31-Jan, 2008). Reserve Where Girls Froze Worse than Third World. Freeman, B. (1998). Indigenous Pathways to Anti-Oppressive Practise. In Baines, D. (ed). Doing Anti-Oppressive Practise: Building Transformative Politicized Social Work. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing. Gorelick, M. (2007, September). DISCRIMINATION OF ABORIGINALS ON NATIVE LANDS IN CANADA. UN Chronicle, 50-52. Retrieved February from Research Library database. [...]

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