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Modern industry and land development has also greatly reduced the availability of their traditional hunting prey that is necessary for their existence. Likewise, the mandatory inclusion of Inuit children in formal public education systems has made it very difficult for the Inuit to retain their cultural integrity and heritage among the new generations.

Even worse, the infusion of modern outside society into the world of the Inuit has made it impossible for many adults to secure steady employment because they are not formally educated and lack marketable skills required for professional success in the wider society. Crime, substance abuse, and alcoholism have become serious problems throughout their community, largely as a result of despair and lack of opportunity to secure gainful or rewarding employment. Even the traditional Inuit cultural practices have been diluted by the need to use them to make money from tourism.

Whereas their ancestors made clothes and artwork from their natural environment and from their prey strictly out of necessity, many Inuit today have no choice but to produce similar artifacts for the tourism trade, further eroding the integrity of their traditional culture.

Conclusion

The Inuit are just one example of traditional Aboriginal People whose lives have been changed dramatically by the encroachment of modern society on their traditional home territories. Certainly, modern society offers substantial benefits and opportunities. However, when they are imposed on Aboriginals without due regard for the complex ways that modern society can change traditional societies in a manner that is not necessarily in the best interests of those.

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