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Deviant Constructions: How governments preserve colonial narratives of addiction and poor mental health to intervene into the lives of Indigenous children and families in Canada

April 2010

Deviant Constructions: How governments preserve colonial narratives of addiction and poor mental health to intervene into the lives of Indigenous children and families in Canada
Deviant Constructions: How governments
preserve colonial narratives of addiction and
poor mental health to intervene into the
lives of Indigenous children and families in Canada

Colonial projects in Canada have a long history of violently intervening into the personal lives and social structures of Indigenous peoples. These interventions are associated with elevated rates of addictions and mental health issues among Indigenous peoples. In this paper we employ an indigenized social determinants approach to mental health and addictions that accounts for the multiple, intersecting effects of colonial discourse upon the health of Indigenous peoples, and particularly the health effects of colonial interventions into the lives of First Nations Indigenous children in Canada.

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