Realizing the Potential: Priority Investments in Saskatchewan’s First Nations and Métis People

The Conference Board of Canada, 51 pages, September 2013
Report by Jessica Brichta, Michelle Parkouda
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Aboriginal people—especially youth—have tremendous potential to contribute to Saskatchewan’s economy. However, unless something is done to improve high school completion and school-to-work transitions, this potential will simply not be realized.

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Document Highlights

First Nations and Métis individuals in Saskatchewan have the potential to have a greater social and economic impact on the province. Currently, Aboriginal people have lower formal education rates and lower levels of employment, on average. Employing Aboriginal people at a rate equivalent to the non-Aboriginal population would boost the economy by $1.8 billion, or 2.6 per cent, by 2035. It would also have broad social effects on individuals, family, and society. For the increased social and economic benefits to be realized, key stakeholders need to make priority investments in two areas: high school completion and school-to-work transitions.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • An Unprecedented Time of Opportunity
  • A Brighter Future for Aboriginal Populations
  • The Economic, Social, and Moral Imperative for Integrating Aboriginal Populations More Fully
  • Improving Educational Outcomes and School-to-Work Transitions
  • Achieving a Prosperous Future

Chapter 2—The Context for Optimizing Aboriginal Engagement in the Economy

  • The Starting Point: A Youthful, Growing Aboriginal Population
  • Workforce Barriers Associated With Low Educational Attainment
  • Negotiating School-to-Work Transitions
  • Poor Employment Leads to Low Earnings
  • Achieving Future Prosperity by Closing the Education Gap
  • Conclusion

Chapter 3—The Economic Imperative

  • Saskatchewan Faces a Tight Labour Market
  • The Economic Payback to Higher Aboriginal Employment
  • Conclusion

Chapter 4—The Social Imperative

  • The Broader Benefits of Learning
  • Key Social Outcomes
  • Conclusion

Chapter 5—Two Clear Priorities: Improving Educational Outcomes and the School-to-Work Transition

  • Priority 1: Improving Educational Outcomes
  • Priority 2: Establishing a Smooth School-to-Work Transition
  • Conclusion

Chapter 6—Conclusion

Appendix A—Bibliography

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