An integral and vital part of societies in Canada, Aboriginal peoples offer unique advantages to Canadian employers.
Today, Aboriginal peoples are an economic power, eager to assume an active role in the country's economy. As a group, they represent an increasingly educated, readily available workforce.
Aboriginal peoples make up one of the fastest-growing segments of the population, increasing at almost twice the national average.
The benefits of hiring Aboriginal peoples go well beyond simply gaining access to their diverse skills. As those who now employ Aboriginal peoples have discovered, the advantages are long-lasting and wide-ranging. As an employer of Aboriginal peoples, you can expect to:
While the road to Aboriginal employment can be a rewarding one for both employer and employee, it is not without its rough spots. Obstacles real and imagined still exist.
Levels of education for Aboriginal peoples, while on the rise, are lower than those of non-Aboriginal Canadians. Aboriginal peoples continue to be under-represented in the workplace. Negative attitudes and stereotypes impede their full participation in the labour market.
For the employer willing to confront these challenges, hand in hand with Aboriginal peoples, the rewards are real. Like others, you'll discover that putting the diverse skills of Aboriginal peoples to work is good for you and good for business.
The Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative (AWPI) has a single mandate-to increase the participation of Aboriginal peoples in the labour market. We do so through our own efforts and by supporting those of individuals and organizations who share our goal.
AWPI is committed to breaking down the barriers and overcoming the hurdles (real or imagined) that deter the employment of Aboriginal peoples.
Our goal is to converge the efforts of Aboriginal peoples and employers, to stress the advantages and emphasize the benefits of working together.
To fulfil this commitment, AWPI:
Launched in 1991, AWPI is part of the federal government's commitment to help Aboriginal peoples build stronger, healthier and more self-reliant communities.
Responsibility for AWPI is shared between the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND), and the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS).
DIAND oversees the AWPI external component geared to sectors of the economy other than the federal public service while TBS, in collaboration with the Public Service Commission (PSC), looks after the AWPI internal component aimed at the federal public service.