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It’s time governments recognize post-secondary Indigenous institutes’ incomparable contributions to society

By Suzanne Brant      

Women earn less than their male counterparts, earning about 75 cents to a man’s dollar. But what receives less attention is the even more significant and worrisome income gap between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians.

Indigenous protesters, pictured Dec. 4, 2018, on the Hill during the gathering of the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Often, the income gap between women and men is discussed in the news and by politicians in Canada. Women earn less than their male counterparts, earning about 75 cents to a man’s dollar. But what receives less attention is the even more significant and worrisome income gap between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians. In 2005, the average income of the Indigenous population was $23,888—two-thirds the income of an average non-Indigenous Canadian. Similarly, the unemployment rate for Indigenous Canadians was more than double the rate of non-Indigenous Canadians.

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