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One third of Indigenous workers in Canada in jobs facing automation, says report – The Star

July 6, 2020

TORONTO – One-third of Canada’s Indigenous workers are in jobs facing a high risk of automation, a new report has found.

Researchers at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute and the Future Skills Centre spent roughly a year studying 33 sectors and how advances in automation will affect Indigenous workers in those industries.

About 250,000 jobs — or 33.8 per cent of roles held by Indigenous workers across Canada — are currently concentrated in industries with a high risk of automation, says the report released on Monday.

“There’s a lot of research that goes into the economy, but very rarely is there an Indigenous lens put on it,” said Tabatha Bull, chief executive at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and a member of the Nipissing First Nation.

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