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Constructive steps towards Indigenizing professional engineering by Jane Cooper, Senior Research Associate, The Conference Board of Canada | October 2020

You look at mining companies, or any natural resource extraction … and one of the primary types of conflicts that they have is with Indigenous people. That is happening because there is this massive cultural and knowledge gap between the science people and Indigenous people. In engineering, we would hugely benefit from a class on treaties. Because no matter where you go, you're going to deal with project management that has to do with Indigenous land, or Indigenous people, or Indigenous treaties.

Fast-Tracked Innovations: Could COVID-19 Accelerate Health Technologies in Canada’s North?
by Ken Coates, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation and Carin Holroyd, Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan and Joelena Leader, Research Facilitator, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan | April 2020

The coronavirus crisis of 2020 has exposed the strengths and weaknesses of the Canadian health care system. This is particularly true in Canada’s North, where isolated Indigenous communities face the prospects of widespread infection with great anxiety. The remoteness of Northern settlements—coupled with serious housing shortages, overcrowded homes, and limited health care services—heighten the dangers of the pandemic.

Addressing the causes of Indigenous vulnerability to pandemics—not just the symptoms
by Oana Spinu, Senior Research Associate I, The Conference Board of Canada and Jordan Wapass, Principal Research Associate, The Conference Board of Canada | March 2020

Many have rightfully called for decisive government action to ensure that Indigenous communities have essential resources to respond to COVID-19. In response to the immediate needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, the federal government announced $305 million for a distinctions-based Indigenous Communities Support Fund. Only time will tell how effective the fund will be in empowering communities to deal with the crisis.

The Territories Leading Canada in Economic Growth

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| Feb 29, 2012

Aboriginal Workers: Integral to Canada’s Ongoing Competitiveness and Performance

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  • Jessica Edge
| Feb 01, 2012
In the coming years, Canada’s economy is unlikely to have enough workers with the right skills to meet its labour market needs. Our workforce is aging at an accelerating rate, and the fertility levels of the Canadian population are below replacement levels. Canada’s Aboriginal population—including Métis, Inuit, and First Nations—can play an important role in helping meet Canada’s current and future labour market needs.

Lessons Learned: Improving Educational Outcomes in Northern Communities

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| Jan 23, 2012

Transportation Infrastructure Gaps in Canada’s North

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| Dec 05, 2011

Building Labour Force Capacity in Canada’s North

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| Nov 11, 2011

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