Catharinah Faux’s Research on Aboriginal

This site displays a Masters of Arts Thesis entitled The ‘Noble Savage’ in Western Thought: Reconstitute Colonial Stereotype in Sentencing Aboriginal Sex offender. This research was carried out by Catharinah Faux on September 22, 2000 as partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario. In this study the aboriginal culture underlying many contemporary juridical discourses were explored which exposed ideological beliefs and stereotypes first formulated and articulated in Canada’s early colonial history. Although the emphasis of the research was Aboriginal judicial system, it reflects important information of module.

Media Portrayals of Aboriginal People: Introduction

This site gives an overview of the major stereotypes that aboriginal people face in film, television and the news. There are links on the site that direct viewers to major media stereotypes, these include:
• Common Portrayals of Aboriginal People
• Aboriginal People in the News
• Native Names and Imagery in Sports
• The Impact of Stereotyping on Young People
• The Development of Aboriginal Broadcasting in Canada
• Aboriginal Voices in the Arts and Media
• The Importance of Media Education

‘Will the Real Aborigine Please Stand Up’: Strategies for breaking the stereotypes and changing the conversation

This site illustrates a paper written by Scott Gorringe, Joe Ross and Cressida Fforde on the issues discussed at a workshop held by AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) in January 2011. In this paper, the authors discussed the perceptions of identity by people outside and within Aboriginal communities of Australia. They highlighted the social impact of the discussed perceptions and the need for Aboriginals to create safe avenues for discussions, challenging mindsets and habits.

The Mental Health of Indigenous Peoples

This site displays a report presented at a conference on “The Mental Health of Indigenous Peoples” held on May 29-31, 2000. The paper clearly illustrated and discussed social imbalance based on research studies about indigenous peoples in Canada, the US and Australia. The report consists of five chapters:

• Introduction: The Mental Health of Aboriginal Peoples
• Social Origins of Distress “The Deep Sleep of Forgetfulness”: Reflecting on Disremembering
• Individual And Collective Responses To Suffering: An Overview of Suicide in Indigenous Australia
• Transformations of Identity & Community Healing the Aboriginal Offender: Identity Construction
• Models For Collaborative Research & Mental Health Services Working in Partnership: Innovative Collaborative Research Between Aboriginal Communities and an Academic Unit.

When Indigenous and Modern Education Collide

This site displays a paper written by Alberto Arenas, Iliana Reyes and Leisy Wyman of University of Arizona entitled When Indigenous and Modern Education Collide. The article comments on the pressures that are affecting divergent epistemologies of indigenous and Western education. It further highlights the factors that could assist indigenous education to be successful although affected by the stereotypes of Western world.


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