Indigenous peoples: dispossession, colonisation and discrimination

Richard Pugh and Brian Cheers

in Rural social work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781861347213
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303305 | DOI:
Indigenous peoples: dispossession, colonisation and discrimination

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Examination of the histories and contemporary experiences of many indigenous peoples reveals a grim and lethal picture of abuse, exploitation, expropriation, marginalisation, displacement, dispossession, deculturation, colonisation, and discrimination, which needs to be recognised. This chapter reviews the experience of indigenous peoples; that is, those who are also referred to as aboriginal or native peoples. It identifies some of the major populations of indigenous peoples living in rural areas within Westernised welfare structures, including the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders of Australia; the Maori of New Zealand; and the Inuit, Métis, and the First Nations (Indians) of Canada and the United States. The chapter switches to a general review of the social policy and welfare responses made by governments to indigenous peoples, and concludes with some key observations about the implications for social-work practice with indigenous peoples.

Keywords: Australia; New Zealand; Canada; United States; social policy; welfare; indigenous peoples; social work; discrimination; dispossession

Chapter.  10935 words. 

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