In this essay, the term Aboriginal Peoples refers to the organic political and cultural entities that originate from the first peoples of North America. In particular, it constitutes all the Aboriginal people in Canada, including both the non status and status Indians, Inuit and Metis (Turner and Francis, 2009). Conversely, social welfare, being an organized function, is understood as a body of activities that are designed to enable families, individuals, families and groups to cope with the changing conditions and social problems. In a larger sense, it plays a basic role in deployment and mobilization of material and human resources of the country effectively meet social requirements of change (Turner and Francis, 2009).
Basically, the social welfare of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is conceived in a context of a social service that encompasses medical and health, income maintenance, education, medical and health as well as personal welfare. For a long time, the values and practices of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada have been misinterpreted. Just like any community members, Aboriginal Peoples in Canada as well needs integrated systems that ensure mental, emotional, and physical and the spiritual well-being (Turner and Francis, 2009).
A good number of Aboriginal people in Canada live in poverty. For instance, majority of Inuit people of Canada live in isolated arctic communities that make it impossible for them to access consumer goods and medical services. Poverty has made the aboriginal people in Canada fall victims of housing crisis (Turner and Francis, 2009). In fact, the problematic housing condition leaves urban aboriginal with quite insecure situations of living.
Turner, J. C, and Francis J. T. (2009). Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Canadian social welfare. 3rd ed. Scarborough, Ont.: Allyn & Bacon Canada. 95-108. Print.