The ongoing struggle of Aboriginals in their homeland

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‘Aboriginal persons’ or ‘first people’s’ are terms used to refer to the indigenous people of Canada. Their history in Canada dates back thousands of years before the early European settlers arrived on this vast and beautiful land. After the arrival of the Europeans, Aboriginal history took an unquestionably dark turn. From having their land and resources occupied to having their children stripped away, the aboriginal peoples of Canada have faced countless atrocities at the hands of ‘European settlers,’ or more precisely put, ‘foreign invaders.’ The lasting impact of these wrongdoings on today’s generations of Aboriginal persons is very evident as they tend to have higher rates of unemployment, crime, infant mortality, suicide, depression and alcohol & drug use.[1] These members of the Aboriginal community are products of the “Indian Residential Schools” which were formed by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development to detach Aboriginal children from their culture and heritage and assimilate them into European influenced society. It may shock you to discover that the most recently closed federally run ‘Residential School’ was operational until 1996. It is unquestionably sad to observe the negative impact that the actions of early European settlers had on the current generations of Canada’s indigenous people. At Kanata Job, we believe it is our duty to minimize this negative impact for their future generations.

Based on the 2011 National Household Survey Aboriginal Demographics, “1,400,685 individuals in Canada identified themselves as being of Aboriginal descent.” 232,290 Aboriginal people were recorded to be present in B.C during the time. The employment rate for the Aboriginal working-age population has consistently been about 63% since 2006. However, this is alarmingly lower than the employment rate for non-Aboriginal individuals which stands at 76%.[2] Kanata Job enables employers to target members of Aboriginal descent directly to help eliminate this gap in employment rates. Advertise your job vacancies with us today to target skilled and professional local candidates while giving members of underrepresented groups such as Aboriginal Canadians the opportunity to apply for local jobs.

The following video showcases former Canadian prime minister Mr. Stephen Harper issuing a formal apology for the mistreatment of First Nations on June 11, 2008.

A formal apology may be comforting to some but does little to change the actual living conditions that members of the Aboriginal community find themselves in. We encourage members of the Aboriginal community and all Canadians to create a free account on our website today to apply for local jobs advertised by employers who believe in the importance of giving locals the first opportunity. Together, we can help reduce the struggles faced by the Aboriginal community.

Please do not underestimate the power that you have to help someone in need. And please do not forget, “with great power, comes great responsibility.” This holiday season, we encourage you to do your part to help make our beautiful country beautiful for all who inhabit it.

SOURCES

[1] http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/visions/aboriginal-people-vol5/aboriginal-mental-health-the-statistical-reality

[2] Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey, AANDC tabulations

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