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How training helps Indigenous youth have successful careers – Canadian HR Reporter

Mar 20, 2024

Hundreds of thousands of Indigenous youth will enter Canada’s labour force within the next few years.

This influx will bring a lot of positives to employers, says Lynn White, CEO of Vancouver-based Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS) in talking with Canadian HR Reporter.

“It’s an advantage for an employer to hire Indigenous youth to work at their place because it’s a different perspective that [they] come with. There’s a lot to learn about Canada and our history, and giving an Indigenous person the opportunity to work in whatever organization [brings] an advantage to both the youth and to the employer.”

“In all of Canada, we’re the fastest growing population, we have the most young people. And so there’s a lot of opportunity there to train our young people up so that they can fill these positions,” says White.

More than 350,000 young Indigenous people will come of employment age before the year 2026, and they could boost the country’s economy by $27.7 billion per year if they are given the right employment supports, according to a 2020 report from the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and the Diversity Institute.

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