Stats Canada aboriginal employment report
Queen’s University professor Douglas Bland is available to talk about today’s Statistics Canada report about aboriginal employment rates.
Douglas Bland of the School of Policy Studies says that education is the common dividing factor in the employment/unemployment rates for on-reserve and off-reserve North Americans Indians and non-aboriginal Canadians. Fewer than 24% of North American Indians complete high school while 84% of non-aboriginal youth complete high school.
“Off-reserve aboriginals tend to be better educated and thus more employable,” says Professor Bland. “Another significant factor that might be termed ‘socialization’ measures the degree of comfort aboriginals have in working in the wider world off-reserve. For young aboriginals in particular, moving into larger urban centres for the first time is frightening. They tend to be unprepared for the city/industrial environment and thus less employable.”
Professor Bland has extensively studied aboriginal issues for his recently released fiction novel Uprising, which is about growing despair among young aboriginals.
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