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  1. Introduction.
  2. Order and conflict perspectives.
    1. The order perspectives way of dealing with social problems.
    2. Proving to be helpful in determining the reason for the iltreatment of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.
    3. An anti-oppressive social worker.
  3. Canada's response to the issue of Aboriginal mistreatment.
  4. Creating appropriate courses of action for social work with Aboriginals.
  5. Theories which inform social work practice in the north.
  6. Conclusion.
  7. 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.

[...] The plight of Canada's Aboriginal population is a great example of this. This essay has studied the social problems that afflict Canada's poor Aboriginal communities. From this we know, from an anti-oppressive perspective, what we will need to do to change to be a social worker responding to the social problem of Aboriginal alcohol abuse/addiction, and it is clear that what has happened to the Aboriginals in Canada is a tragedy, but through the right method they can be helped. Bibliography Armitage, A. (2003). Social Welfare in Canada (4th ed.). [...]


[...] Conflict theorists do not believe that the root of social problems is the individual, the family, or the sub-culture, but rather from the exploitative and oppressive ways of the dominant groups. (Horton, 1966: 704). Social problems are a result of the higher institutions. In the case of the Aboriginals, their social problems are due to the lack of compassion and policy on the part of the various levels of government, and of society as a whole. For the anti-oppressive social worker, this means fighting for change at all social, economic, and political levels. [...]


[...] 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 behaviors. 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. [...]

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