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Richard Pugh

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347213

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347213.001.0001

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Indigenous peoples: dispossession, colonisation and discrimination

Indigenous peoples: dispossession, colonisation and discrimination

(p.47) three Indigenous peoples: dispossession, colonisation and discrimination
Rural social work

Richard Pugh

Brian Cheers

Policy Press

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

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