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|Title:||Here to Stay, Gone Tomorrow: Working as a Service Provider in Moosonee and Moose Factory|
|Authors:||Dawson, Marie Jennifer|
|Abstract:||<p>The experience of a service provider living and working in Moosonee and Moose Factory is largely determined by whether the individual is Cree and from these communities, or is non-Native and from "the south". This study examines these experiences in terms of stress and coping, loosely adopting and occasionally critiquing Lazarus and Folkman's (1984) definitions of these concepts. The cultural and historical factors which influence stress and coping are emphasized without denying the importance of contemporary circumstances in these politically and socially turbulent communities.</p> <p>Non-Native or "southern" service providers are outsiders. They are kept at a distance both by their own interpretation of and reaction to "difference" and by others who are suspicious of their motivations and commitment. Some cope with their outsider status by reinforcing it; they withdraw from active personal and professional participation in community. But instead of refusing to change and clinging desperately to what is familiar, those southerners who have remained the longest in these northern locales are willing to acknowledge the relevance and rewards of different ways of living and working.</p> <p>Native or "local" service providers are insiders, connected to community through blood ties, long term residence and identity as Cree and are therefore vulnerable to demands, criticism and the same struggles with identity experienced by all Aboriginal people. Coping takes the form of investing in community, co-workers, family, self and Creator in order to regain a positive identity and strengthen supportive relationships. A tendency to escape stress through leaves of absence and changing jobs becomes a short-term coping alternative.</p> <p>Based on these findings I offer recommendations aimed at enhancing the coping of local and southern service providers, in order to improve quality of life for helpers and quality of service for residents.</p>|
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