N.W.T. Labour Market Information Resource Module 4: State of Education

The Conference Board of Canada, 25 pages, April 1, 2022
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The Labour Market Information Resource 2.0 for the Northwest Territories is made up of six modules. Each looks at specific factors—such as economic growth and education—that will determine the health and shape of the N.W.T. labour market between 2021 and 2040

Document Highlights

  • This module reviews indicators of educational achievement in the territory. It also examines recent data on the relative income advantage of possessing different post-secondary certificates, diplomas, and degrees.
  • Notably, high school graduation rates are consistently lower in small remote communities and have been declining over the last 15 years. Data also suggest that N.W.T. students are increasingly taking longer to complete their high school education.
  • In addition, Indigenous students have much lower high school and post-secondary graduation rates than their non-Indigenous counterparts. And this discrepancy was greatest for Indigenous males. Better aligning primary and secondary school curricula with Indigenous cultures and languages has the potential to improve student attendance and graduation rates.
  • However, inequalities between women and men and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers are evident when we examine the relative income advantage of education attainment. These inequalities persist even when we compare different identity groups at the same level of education attainment—with non-Indigenous men often making more income than their peers from other identity groups.

Table of Contents

Key Findings
High School Attainment in the N.W.T.
N.W.T. Post-Secondary Education Attainment Compared With Other Territories
Gender Gap in Territorial Post-Secondary Attainment
Income Advantages From Having Post-Secondary Degrees and Certification in the Territory
Primary and Secondary School Performance
Student Enrolment in Post-Secondary Education

Appendix A—Methodology

Appendix B—Bibliography

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