Opportunity Found: Improving the Participation of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada's Workforce (2013)

In this document, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce highlights a number of initiatives that are improving the participation of Aboriginal people in the workforce, and offers recommendations to both the federal government and Canada’s businesses to help make such success stories the norm.

The authors point out that while the percentage of Canada’s Aboriginal people completing secondary school and postsecondary education is growing, the education success gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people remains wide.

They offer a number of recommendations for the federal government, including identifying more opportunities to match private sector financial support for Aboriginal skills and training programs; providing tribal councils and native friendship centres with the resources to offer services similar to those offered to new immigrants, including housing assistance and links to cultural connections; providing support to postsecondary institutions to offer courses to Aboriginal students closer to their home communities; and directing a portion of natural resource royalties received in the territories directly to skills and training.

The authors also point out that the business community can reap big dividends by investing in Aboriginal people and communities. Engaging local communities during a project’s planning, its construction, and its operation makes good business sense.

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2014-01-20
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Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Opportunity Found: Improving the Participation of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada's Workforce 2013. Web. 5 Mar. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccc/opportunity_found/opportunity_found.pdf>
Canadian Chamber of Commerce (2013). Opportunity Found: Improving the Participation of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada's Workforce. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccc/opportunity_found/opportunity_found.pdf
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