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Aboriginal investment urged – Lethbridge Herald

OCTOBER 8, 2014

Business leaders and some of the nation’s biggest employers have heard the message. By the hundreds of thousands, aboriginal youth are ready to work, says Gabrielle Scrimshaw. And given an equal opportunity, they’re succeeding in the workplace.

But Scrimshaw, a featured speaker Tuesday at the “Greatness in Leadership” conference here, says better educational programs are essential if the Canadian economy is to profit from their success.

“Investments in aboriginal education need to go beyond the classroom and into adult learning,” she says, “to raise the economic tide for all Canadians.”

But for too many, Scrimshaw warns, there’s little support when they finish high school and consider post-secondary courses. Groups like her Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada are advocating for that community-level support, but more voices must be raised.

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