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Intersectionality

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Elena Varosi

on 6 November 2015

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Transcript of Intersectionality

Lack of Cultural Competency
family dynamics maybe unfamiliar
difficulty gaining access to an individual or whole family as a result of displacement, incarceration, and homelessness
Addictions
Focusing directly on individuals families overlooks the patterns in the broader communities
Lack of Social Welfare Resources
Lack of access and availability to resources such as treatment and subsidized housing
Access
Remoteness of communities
time available
Historical Context
Results in reluctance of community members to discuss issues with workers
Intersectional Analysis
Individuals and Families
Small Group and Communities
First Nations
First Nations Individuals with Substance Abuse Disorders
Addictions
First Nations communities participating in a national survey between 2008 and 2010 reported that alcohol and drug abuse were the number one challenge for community wellness faced by on-reserve communities (82.6% of respondents), followed by housing (70.7%) and employment (65.9%) (Health Canada, 2011).
The rate of morbidity resulting from the use of illicit drugs is three times higher for First Nations than for the general population (7.0 per 100,000 vs. 2.6 per 100,000 )
There are approximately 1 172 785 First Nations people living in Canada.
Approximately 21.6% of all Canadians (about 6 million people) met the criteria for a substance use disorder during their lifetime. Alcohol was the most common substance for which people met the criteria for abuse or dependence at 18.1%
Addictions
Unemployment and intergenerational trauma
Social Policy
Cultural Genocide
"best interest of children"
mental, emotional and spiritual harm
once in place, families did not receive support
trans-racial and trans-cultural adoptions
loss of heritage and identity
Addictions
funding not available for programming, research, or housing
education not paramount
mandate of CAS
Data on the extent and impact of alcohol use on Aboriginal communities are lacking. A number of risk factors have been linked to alcohol use in Native populations such as poverty, depression, and history of attendance at residential/boarding schools, childhood abuse, and being a victim of physical or sexual violence and/or a history of family violence
Anti-Oppressive Practice with Individuals and Families
Individuals
Anti-oppressive practice overview
working with native individuals
case study
You are a white social worker and are assigned a new client named Sam. He is 24 years old with a native background but does not identify as traditional. He was self-referred to the treatment program due to his long term drug abuse. Sam states that both of his parents suffered from addictions when he was growing up and that he is no longer in regular contact with them. He states that he has tried addressing his addiction before but he feels his depression worsens and he cannot handle it
Families
cultural accommodations
family as expert
indigenous knowledge
social worker immersion in culture
Anti-Oppressive Practice with Small Groups and Communities
Small Groups
resources
individualism vs. collectivism
adapt approaches
Communities
cultural sensitivity
history
traditional teachings
Anti-Oppressive Social Work and Social Policy
Victims to Social Policy in history
Need a better consensus of how First Nations can govern themselves and how to give them more autonomy
Mandates of drug rehabilitation treatment
Discussion
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