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|Title:||A case study of homelessness in Sudbury understood through the Anishnaabe seven life stages|
|Keywords:||Anishnaabe seven life stages model;colonial violence;cultural traditions;Indigenous interventions|
|Abstract:||Colonial violence, multi-generational trauma and systemic racism greatly contribute to the high rate of Indigenous homelessness. This thesis focuses on the experiences of a formerly homeless Indigenous man; his life history is analyzed through an approach informed by teachings on the Anishnaabe seven life stages. The findings show how life events and experiences contributed to homelessness and to recovery. Many years of chronic homelessness came to an end with learning about cultural traditions and access to Elders. With additional supports from some positive mainstream interventions, he overcame barriers and obtained secure housing. The findings suggest the nature of the changes required to end poverty and homelessness among Indigenous populations. This thesis speaks to Indigenous perspectives about success and healthy communities. Organizations can be useful by supporting and assisting Indigenous communities to provide services based on homegrown solutions. Investing in the idea of a healthy community, healthy Elders and healthy families can help to break cycles of multigenerational trauma, internalized oppression, abuse and poverty. Initiatives led by Indigenous people such as Healthy Babies programs, schooling, health care, and child protection can support healing and preserving the culture, but also can create employment, pride, and the opportunity to give back in meaningful ways. Opportunities for communities to have access to healthy foods, recreation and physical activities may also provide young people with positive experiences. Places where youth can play safely and develop their skills are crucial during the Good Life and Fast Life. The factors needed for an urban Aboriginal person to achieve bimaadiziwin include involvement with supportive/healthy cultural communities and opportunities to give back in meaningful ways; they can lead to traditional healing, a sense of belonging and personal identity. Access to such supports should be ensured in childhood.|
|Appears in Collections:||Social Work - Master's Major Papers|
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