The Canadian labour market, First Nations people are becoming an increasingly key player in providing a solution to Canada’s present and future workforce. With a looming skills gap coupled with an aging workforce, Canada Labour market challenges are increasing. In New Brunswick, the percentage of First nation population that is below 24 years old is 41.5%. First Nations peoples are emerging at an opportune moment to boost not only their own economies, but the national economy as well.
The importance to document and analyze this emerging labour market is urgent and necessary. Research by Industry and the Federal Government is imperative to engagement and development of the indigenous workforce. The labour market information provided by Working Warriors aims to develop the statistical capacity of New Brunswick’s First Nation Communities to increase overall workforce participation and analysis.
A workforce inventory of these communities will help prepare First Nation Communities to benefit from economic opportunities, rejuvenate the aging workforce, and create economic benefit for all of Canada.
Working Warriors provides a snapshot of the indigenous workforce of New Brunswick. It captures the community’s skills capacity as a provincial skills inventory is developed.
Along with Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), Working Warriors is aiming to assist the membership from the community with job- readiness and employability skills. There is an interest in creating industry partnerships to assist in creating further training and employment opportunities for the community members. A similar study was completed in 2007 when the nation formed a Socio-Economic Committee that formed a “Project Charter” to guide membership with opportunities to improve their quality of life.
A strong economy is vital to ensure New Brunswicker’s can continue to enjoy a good quality of life and access high quality public services.
Working Warriors is aiming to assist the membership from the community with job readiness and employability skills. There is an interest in creating industry partnerships to assist in creating further training and employment opportunities for the Community members.
Numbering 22,620, about 2% of the Aboriginal identity population in Canada lived in New Brunswick in 2011.
One in seven (15%) Aboriginal people in New Brunswick lived in Fredericton, although they represented only 4% of the total population living there. A further 11% each resided in Saint John and Moncton, representing 2% of the total population in both cities.
New Brunswick was home to 16,120 First Nations people, 4,850 Métis, and 485 Inuit,Note 1 with the rest reporting otherNote 2 Aboriginal identities (1,020) or more than one Aboriginal identity (145). From 2006 to 2011, the First Nations population in New Brunswick increased by 31%, while the Métis population rose by 14%, and the Inuit population more than doubled.
Of those who identified as First Nations people in 2011, 64% (or 10,270) reported being a Treaty Indian or a Registered Indian as defined by the Indian Act of Canada. Just under half (45%, or 7,220) of all First Nations people (69% of First Nations people who were Treaty or Registered Indians, or 7,060 individuals) lived on a reserve.
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