Unions challenged to promote Aboriginal workers

Employment rate among Aboriginal Canadians fell far in recession: StatsCan
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2011

The results of a recent Statistics Canada study on Aboriginal people in the labour market come as no surprise to Vinay Sharma.

As human rights department director at the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union, Sharma knows firsthand the challenges of getting Aboriginal workers into the workplace.

Unlike other equity groups — women, immigrants and minorities — Canada’s First Nations often don’t have even the basics, such as literacy, to get them in the door, he says.