Glossary

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The last thing I'll leave you with is a list of words to know:

Aboriginal Refers to status Indian, non-status Indian, Metis, and Inuit peoples of Canada.
Access The time the children spend with the parent who does not have custody. When a child lives with one parent full-time, the other parent usually has access. This is called "Parent time" in a parental order.
Acknowledge To accept.
Assessment An appraisal or estimation.
Assets Anything of value, such as money, property or goods.
Assimilation To be absorbed and incorporated. Minority groups are often assimilated into the dominant cultural group.
Assumption Anything taken for granted.
Colonization The process of taking control of your lands, government, institutions and decisions and leaving you with few resources and dependent on others.
Commitment A promise or guarantee.
Conciliation A process that allows you and the other parent to reach an agreement. You and the other parent do not meet face to face. A trained professional communicates between you.
Consistency Uniformity, harmony.
Custody Having "custody" of a child allows a parent to make the major decisions for the child such as the child's education, religion and medical treatment and managing the child's property.
Enforce To compel by law.
Guardianship The responsibility for making major decisions about the children, such as what kind of education, health care or religious training the children will receive, and how to manage anything the children own.
Incompetent Unfit, unqualified or unable.
Interim Temporary.
Indian Act Government legislation passed in 1876 that gives the federal government authority over "Indians and Indian Lands".
Jurisdiction Having the power to make decisions.
Mediation In mediation, you and the other parent work with a person who is specially trained to help you reach an agreement.
Negotiate To discuss with or bargain to make a deal, or reach an arrangement.
Nurturing The process of promoting the development of, raising or educating.
Peach bond / Restraining Order An order made by a judge to protect one person from another.
Premise An earlier statement that serves as the basis for an argument.
Psychological Dealing with the mind, mental processes such as feelings, desires and thoughts.
Strategies Plans or directions to achieve a certain objective.
Trauma An emotional experience or shock that has a lasting effect.