This Excerpt will give the reader an “understanding of why poverty is a threat to Canadians’ health and quality of life; have a sense of the meaning of living in poverty in Canada; be able to place the incidence of poverty in Canada within a public policy perspective; be able to relate the incidence and effects of poverty to various forms of the modern welfare state; understand various perspectives that account for the incidence of poverty in a wealthy nation such as Canada.”
“This paper compares the welfare conditions, policy challenges and opportunities for Aboriginal peoples in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Our objective is to point to some of the common challenges facing Aboriginal social policies in different countries. What can we learn from experiences elsewhere to build Canada’s social knowledge as it relates to Aboriginal peoples?”
"Dances with Dependency offers effective strategies to eliminate welfare dependency and help eradicate poverty among indigenous populations. Beginning with an impassioned and insightful portrait of today’s native communities, it connects the prevailing impoverishment and despair directly to a “dependency mindset” forged by welfare economics. To reframe this debilitating mindset, it advocates policy reform in conjunction with a return to native peoples’ 10,000-year tradition of self-reliance based on personal responsibility and cultural awareness."