Good jobs and promotions elude many visible minority and Aboriginal men and women in Canada, according to a report released by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, written by researchers Jean Lock Kunz, Anne Milan, and Sylvain Schetagne of the Canadian Council on Social Development. The report includes information from most recent statistics available, primarily data from the 1996 Census and comments from focus group participants comprised of visible minority and Aboriginal men and women in five cities a c ross Canada.
Aboriginals still have low educational attainment
Even with a post-secondary education, job opportunities may still be out of reach for Aboriginal peoples. As one Aboriginal participant commented: “When I send out my résumé and I’m totally qualified for the position, they’ll look at the courses I’ve taken (First Nations resources). Maybe that’s why I don’t get the job. ”
Unequal access to employment
Good jobs are elusive to minorities
Higher education yields fewer payoffs for minorities
Racism – "a hidden thing" in the workplace
The road ahead