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Indigenous Employment and Skills Strategies in Canada

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This report looks at a range of key labour market, economic and social indicators related to Canada’s growing Indigenous population, which comprises First Nations, Inuit and Métis. In 2016, there were over 1.6 million Indigenous People in Canada, accounting for 4.9% of the total population, which is a significant increase from 3.8% in 2006. The report looks at the implementation of the federal government’s Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Strategy through in-depth analysis across four case study areas, including 1) the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources and Development in Winnipeg, Manitoba; 2) Community Futures Treaty Seven in Calgary, Alberta; 3) MAWIW Council in Fredericton, New Brunswick; and 4) Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services (KKETS) in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The report highlights critical success factors to better link Indigenous People to high quality jobs while also providing recommendations regarding future labour market and skills programming for Indigenous People in Canada.

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Urban Indigenous People in Canada

Indigenous People in Canada often live and work in urban settings. Over the last decade, there has been a strong trend towards the urbanisation of Indigenous People. In some cities, such as Winnipeg and Thunder Bay, the Indigenous population represents a significant segment of the labour market and local economy. This chapter outlines the key role played by local governments in Canada in delivering Indigenous services. It also outlines several initiatives and examples of programmes and policies targeted to urban Indigenous People.

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