Over 1.4 million aboriginal people live in Canada, but about 50 percent of children are raised by lone parents. Single mothers and parents, in general, are a vulnerable population. They face structural inequalities, social exclusion, and a more limited access to society’s cultural, economic, and political resources. There are many negative consequences, including poverty-level income and few networks and social supports. Moreover, aboriginal parents have different cultural and social supports, defined by their group identity and culture. Fewer and different, so to say, and this makes the work of social workers more difficult. And many lone parents have three or more children. Grandparents also look after children as lone parents. They call them the skip generation.
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