Canada’s quiet labour crisis

The unemployment rate for Aboriginal Peoples hovers at three times the national average
By Laura Cassiani
|CHRR, Guide to Healthy Workplace|Last Updated: 06/25/2002

Hidden racism underlying the belly of Canadian workplaces and practices is keeping Canada’s aboriginal population out of the workforce at alarming rates.

And, even if recruited and hired, aboriginals make less money, get passed over for promotions, and are less likely to stay with one employer for any significant amount of time.

Although the labour situation of aboriginals has slowly improved, it is still simmering just above the crisis level. Some critics argue that we are already in the beginning of a crisis and that measures need to be taken immediately before it reaches a critical point.