Authored by: Kirsten Bernas, Shauna MacKinnon

Grant: Partnering for Change: Community-Based Solutions for Aboriginal and Inner-City Poverty - 2012-2019
Category: Community Economic Development, Education, Training, and Capacity Building


There is a growing opportunity in Manitoba to bridge the economic and social divide between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. First of all, Manitoba employers are looking for skilled workers. Second of all, our large and young Aboriginal population continues to increase at a faster rate than the non-Aboriginal population. Aboriginal people who are skilled and educated will have few problems finding and keeping good jobs. However, as a whole, Aboriginal people have poorer labour market outcomes (lower participation rates, employment rates and earnings, and higher unemployment rates) because many face multiple barriers to employment. Action is needed to ensure that they, along with the employers who want to hire them, are supported in their efforts to find and keep good jobs - those that pay well, include benefits, and provide opportunity for advancement. This bridge can be provided through a Labour Market Intermediary (LMI).

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