Intolerance costly problem for employers (On Law)

But employers can take several steps to stamp out discrimination against Aboriginals
By Kate A. Zavitz
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2008

A 2006 study by Human Resources and Social Development Canada showed Aboriginal workers are less likely than non-Aboriginal workers to have annual full-time employment.

The type of employment Aboriginals do have tends to consist of low-paid, low-skill jobs such as trades helpers, labourers and employment where the only training required is “on the job.”

While the gap in education between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians is seen as the strongest explanation of occupational differences, there are other factors. Workplace discrimination may result in greater difficulty securing and retaining employment. Employers and employees should approach Aboriginal issues in the workplace with this context in mind.