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Employment rate in B.C. First Nations communities higher than other western provinces – Business in Vancouver

by ahnationtalk on May 22, 202041 Views

May 22, 2020

B.C.’s First Nations communities are doing better than their neighbours in other western provinces in terms of employment rates – but continue to fall behind the non-indigenous population.

That is a problem, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute and social policy scholar John Richards, since a higher employment is vital to boosting the well-being of First Nation communities (an area where Canadian policy makers have routinely neglected or dismissed).

According to Richards’ report, “No Easy Answers: Insights into Community Well-being among First Nations,” data from Indigenous Services Canada’s Community Well-Being Index shows that communities with access to business opportunities – including those “with treaty rights relevant to development of resource projects” – score significantly higher in terms of well-being.

Those communities, however, are in the minority, Richards said. And while there is no easy solution for raising the standard-of-living for First Nations community struggling within the Canadian economy, “recognition of First Nation treaty claims over resource-related employment” must be a part of the equation, he noted.

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