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Community Development in Action in Thunder Bay
Canada prides itself on possessing a cultural mosaic, appreciating every culture within the country. The idea of the cultural mosaic strives to support an ethnically diverse nation, allowing communities to strengthen their social capital (Brown & Hannis, 2012). Unfortunately, Canadian history reveals a different story. The historical oppression of Aboriginals by the Canadian government, at a macro level, has left the entire Aboriginal culture with a sting of social stigma. Now, in an attempt to provide relief, the Canadian government has established various venues of support, addressing the issue of oppression against Aboriginal people (i.e. Thunder Bay Police Service Aboriginal Liaison Unit) (Brown & Hannis, 2012).
Created in 1876, the Indian Act reveals the complete opposite of a valued cultural mosaic, and exposes the initial desire of the Canadian government to overtly oppress the Aboriginals through cultural imperialism (Brown & Hannis, 2012). With the attempted “domination of one culture over another by a deliberate policy” the A…
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