Making the case for Aboriginal inclusion (On diversity)

PAR program helps businesses better tap into rapidly growing population
By Clint Davis
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2008

As businesses develop strategies to gain a competitive advantage in this unpredictable economic environment, smart companies are looking to the Aboriginal population as an emerging domestic market and source of talent.

While unemployment may be on the rise, it is safe to say this is a short- to medium-term problem. Over the long run, companies will face significant challenges in attracting and maintaining a workforce. Aboriginal Peoples represent a talent pool that has yet to be significantly tapped.

Over the last 10 years, the Aboriginal population increased by 45 per cent, nearly six times faster than the non-Aboriginal population. Today, 48 per cent of the Aboriginal population is under the age of 25 and 54 per cent of Aboriginal Peoples live in urban centers.