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Urban Aboriginal Task Force, Final Report

The Urban Aboriginal Task Force studied five urban Aboriginal communities in Ontario for two years to examine policy from a community-based perspective. The results of their study aimed to support resource allocation to urban Aboriginal people, as well as influence policy and legislation, to improve quality of life for all urban Aboriginal people in Ontario. Using both qualitative and quantitative research, the study found continued racism against Aboriginal peoples as well as issues with finding jobs, affordable housing, non-completion of school, healthcare access, and other services. The study showed that the urban Aboriginal population is young and its numbers are increasing. Many are below the poverty line, especially women who are single parents. Education levels are rising but still lower than the rest of the population. There is a growing separation between an emerging Aboriginal middle class and the Aboriginal social service community, and there is a need for elders and fluent language speakers in communities to retain identity and culture. Alcohol abuse and domestic violence are reported issues in addition to health care access. The report recommends strategies and relationships from a community-based perspective.

Author: Urban Aboriginal Task Force
Title of Work: Urban Aboriginal Task Force, Final Report
Date: 2007
Organization: Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres; Ontario Native Women’s Association & The Ontario Metis Aboriginal Association
URL: Click here http://74.213.160.105/ofifchome/page/uatf/UATFOntarioFinalReport.pdf
Topic: Aboriginal communities
Location of Authoring Organization by Country: Canada
Location of Authoring Organization by Province/ State (unless national entity): Ontario
Availability: Full report online
Language: English