"Prepared for The Aboriginal Healing Foundation By Madeleine Dion Stout [and] Rick Harp."
Includes bibliographical references, p. 173-177
"In a report of this nature, where faithful reproduction of individual experiences and perceptions is of critical importance, one proceeds with care and circumspection when attempting generalized assertions concerning Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal Healing Foundation feels however that preliminary generalizations pertaining to two subjects are required at the outset of this project. Communication of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The first generalization relates to the confusion surrounding the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and associated matters such as the Common Experience Payment or the Independent Assessment Process. .... Traditional Views of Money. The second generalization relates to money. While a range of views about money may be found among Aboriginal peoples, as it may indeed among any group of individuals, a core set of themes in this report supports the following statements. The first is that Aboriginal cultures are informed by collectivist world views in which the traditional ethic of sharing is paramount. .... The cultural norms of sharing will inform how money arriving into Aboriginal communities through the Indian Residential Schools Agreement is viewed, disbursed and dispensed. While traditional cultural norms may shape how money is viewed and used, money nevertheless enters Aboriginal communities attended by unease, especially when the source of this money is government. In simple terms, money is often viewed with suspicion as an instrument which government will use to manipulate and undermine Aboriginal people". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / Aboriginal Healing Foundation -- Acknowledgements -- Definitions -- Executive Summary -- Introduction -- Participant Profiles -- Summary of the Key Informant Survey -- Towards a Strategic Framework -- Concluding Remarks -- Appendices -- References.