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Aboriginal Employment in the Banking Sector in Manitoba

Research Report by Kathleen Sexsmith

This report focuses on the effects of information technology on Aboriginal employment in the banking sector. Sexsmith, in particular, examines the unequal relationship between the concentration of financial institutions in communities across Winnipeg and the concentration of Aboriginal people in those neighbourhoods. She identifies many ways that equity is absent: a) the advancement of Aboriginals from entry to senior-level positions; b) the opportunity structure for Aboriginals for employment in the bank industry in general; c) the recruitment strategies among banks and credit unions; d) the effects of information technology on the rates of Aboriginal employment; and e) the social, cultural, and economic barriers to Aboriginal placement.

In Sexsmith’s study, a number of barriers emerge: a concentration of banking institutions in low Aboriginal populations; an inaccessibility of high positioned employment for Aboriginals; and a lack of connection between Aboriginal training centers and industry. However, she does, find that the reliance on information technology does not hinder Aboriginal employment; rather, it is the sales and service-oriented skills that Aboriginal individuals are largely lacking. Cultural and educational differences are also seen as barriers.

According to Sexsmith, changes to educational institutions and employment training (for example, greater financial support for Aboriginal students and more cultural learning techniques), along with greater banking sector accommodations (for example, more short-term work placement opportunities for Aboriginals and cultural sensitivity training) are needed in order to encourage greater equity.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Kathleen Sexsmith;
Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2006; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Education
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Poverty
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Economic Development
Policy Articles / Aboriginal
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Economic Development / 2006
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Poverty / 2006
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Education / 2006

Keywords / Tags:

Aboriginal employment; banking industry; information technology; training; education; neighbourhoods; credit unions; barriers; Urban Circle Training Centre;