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This study investigated the phenomenon of paternal absenteeism among the Oji-Cree First Nations of northwestern Ontario and northeastern Manitoba, Canada. Five hundred and four leaders were listed from twenty-eight communities. From this population of leaders, forty-five were chosen as a sample population by systematic sampling to represent the 504 leaders. Every leader had an equal chance of being chosen. Twenty-three percent were female and seventy-seven percent were male.

The first part of the research was designed to provide social scientific data on the perception Native leaders held on the reality and extent of paternal absenteeism. The second part of this social scientific study was to determine the problems these leaders perceived to be attributed to paternal absenteeism. The third and last part of this investigation was to determine the ideas leaders had to alleviate this problem of father absence and on how to restore absent fathers to their children.

In analyzing the research findings, there was no significant difference in the perception and ideas between the gender or age of the leaders. The level of significance for rejection of the null hypothesis was set at. level of significance.

This societal research analysis portrayed a clear perception by the leaders of the phenomenon of paternal absenteeism and the many related problems for their family structure, churches, and communities. There were significantly fewer concepts and ideas in regards to the alleviation and correction of this phenomenon of paternal absenteeism and its related problems. However, a list of recommendations did emerge from some leaders.

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