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Aboriginal women's employment rates, wages rising faster than rest of population

When it comes to employment rates, a new report from TD Bank shows that Aboriginal women are outperforming the rest of Canada.
Employment rates and wages for aboriginal women are rising faster than for the rest of the population, a recent study shows. File photo. (Chelsea Novak and Abeer Yusuf)
When it comes to employment rates, a new report from TD Bank shows that Aboriginal women are outperforming the rest of Canada.

The economist who wrote the report said Aboriginal women are the only major demographic group in the country to see increased employment since the recession.

"It was a bit of a hidden secret in Canadian labour markets," Brian DePratto said.

"You haven't really heard a whole lot about aboriginal women's performance, and when you dive into the data it really is quite impressive."

DePratto said there was plenty of anecdotal evidence that aboriginal women were performing well in the labour market, and he wanted to see if the date bore it out. He examined census and labour market data, and found that Aboriginal women were in fact leading the way.

"Aboriginal women were outperforming basically on every metric you can think about in terms of labour markets."

He noted the trend is especially heartening because the education levels of mothers tend to predict the education levels of children, which bodes well for future generations.

"I think the future is positive," DePratto said.

He noted Aboriginal women are finding employment in knowledge economy jobs such as education and finance — a success tied to their rising education rates.

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