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Apr 06, 2022
Indigenous workforce remained the same, at 15 per cent, 15 months after program started
The Yukon government is extending its Indigenous hiring program until 2029 because, 15 months after it launched the pilot project, the rate of Indigenous employment in the public service hasn’t budged.
The government launched the Indigenous hiring preference initiative as an 18-month pilot project in October 2020 to increase the number of Indigenous employees in all levels of the public service. The goal is to reach 22 per cent, the same percentage of Indigenous people living in the Yukon, according to 2021 federal census data.
The government said, despite hiring 78 Indigenous people since the program began, the percentage of Indigenous employees in the territorial public service remains at 15 per cent, the same as when the program started.
In fact, the government said it experienced a slight decrease in the number of Indigenous employees.
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