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Formulating public policy with regards to Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples requires governments to take into consideration a unique set of factors. Issues such as the provision of social services, education, poverty, substance abuse, and health care must be considered in the context of Aboriginal culture and the way in which governments have historically treated Aboriginal peoples. As well, First Nations governance, Treaty Rights, and the implications of the Indian Act are constantly being examined, debated, and re-negotiated.

Policy.ca offers insight into current Aboriginal policy debates in Canada.


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Aboriginal Off-Reserve Education: Time for Action popular

Richards and Vining argue that more than any other factor, poor education levels are condemning many Aboriginals to live in poverty. They point out that the links among education, employment and income are critical, and suggest that Aboriginal People are not being provided with the opportunity to make realize the potential value of all three of these tenets. In this study, Richards and Vining assess the education performance of Aboriginal students in individual off-reserve British Columbia schools.
http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/commentary_198.pdf

Aboriginal People in Canada's Labour Market: Work and Unemployment, Today and Tomorrow popular

Michael Mendelson examines the Aboriginal unemployment rate in Canada, seeking to determine whether or not there has been any improvement in labour market availability from 1996 to 2001.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/471ENG%2Epdf

Aboriginal People in Canada's Labour Market: Work and Unemployment, Today and Tomorrow popular

Although Canada has been successful in lowering its national unemployment rate, Michael Mendelson states that for the nation’s Aboriginal peoples unemployment is consistently higher than that of the population in general.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/471ENG%2Epdf

Aboriginal Peoples and Postsecondary Education in Canada popular

This diagnostic report uses empirical data to provide an accurate picture of how Aboriginal Canadians are faring in post-secondary education (PSE).
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/595ENG%2Epdf

Achieving Potential: Towards Improved Labour Market Outcomes for Aboriginal People popular

In this report, Ben Brunnen addresses the Aboriginal human capital opportunities that exist in the West. From interviews, public opinion surveys, and census data, he makes a number of key findings regarding improving labour market outcomes for Aboriginal people, including: the need to reinforce the value of education; ensuring success in obtaining and retaining employment; and, the need to recognize, reward and celebrate successes.
http://www.cwf.ca/abcalcwf/doc.nsf/(Publications)/7A5543A672...

Creating Wealth In Aboriginal Communities popular

Stelios Loizides and Wanda Wuttunee explain that Aboriginal unemployment rates are rising and show no signs of slowing. This Report explores the goal, expressed by Aboriginal leaders, to improve the economic prospects for community residents through business enterprise; this