As a newcomer to Winnipeg (and Canada), I attended the ENTRY program and our batch got the privilege to have a talk by an Aboriginal leader. He explained the history and background of the Aboriginals and shared his own experience and gave the message to look beyond why there are many Aboriginals on the streets and understand instead how it got them to be this way and that we should not judge them for being this way. He also encouraged us to join aboriginal cultural exchange activities to get to know more about the them.
I think talks like these should be part of newcomer orientations, as this would help alleviate any stereotypes that newcomers may hear (and unfortunately, may also eventually adopt) from mainstream residents.
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