Educated aboriginal women have higher employment rates than their non-aboriginal counterparts, study shows


Aboriginal women with a university degree post slightly better employment rates and make more money than non-aboriginal women with the same level of education, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday.

First Nations, Metis and Inuit women with a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree were employed 81.8 per cent compared to 79.5 per cent of their non-aboriginal counterparts in 2011, according to the analysis of the 2011 National Household Survey and other sources. The findings include on-reserve First Nations populations and Inuit populations living in the North.

The study's author concludes that the findings underline the importance of education. Aboriginal women with post-secondary education made over 3 times as much ($49,947) as aboriginal women with no post-secondary qualifications ($15,208). And they made slightly more than non-aboriginal women ($47,742) with the same level of education.


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