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Pathways for First Nation and Métis Youth in the Oil Sands
Addressing social and economic inequities for Métis and First Nations youth has been a long-standing public policy objective by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments. There is recognition that success has been varied and somewhat limited. Pathways for First Nation and Métis Youth in the Oil Sands examines the political, social, and economic influences on First Nation and Métis youths' attitudes toward further learning and higher levels of education as well as the institutional and policy structures that support or hinder their ability to find pathways to sustained employment with decent pay, good working conditions, and career potential. The municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta (the site of the oil sands), is used as a case study to explore the historical roots of this issue and the inequities that need to be addressed.
Release Date: 16 Apr 2009
Commentary: Economic Downturn Heightens Wood Buffalo's Challenges