Indigenous workers at high risk of automation, says study 

July 15, 2020

A study has found that one-third of Canada’s Indigenous workers are in jobs that are facing a high risk of automation. Researchers at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, and the Future Skills Centre examined 33 sectors and found that 250,000 jobs (33.8% of the roles held by Indigenous workers) are in industries with a high risk of automation. "There's a lot of research that goes into the economy, but very rarely is there an Indigenous lens put on it," said Tabatha Bull, chief executive at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and a member of the Nipissing First Nation. "This really puts a lens on the difficulties and potential barriers Indigenous people face to be on an equal playing field." Diversity Institute founder and academic director Wendy Cukier explained that Indigenous workers tend to be more concentrated in these at-risk industries because of historical and geographical factors that have resulted in structural inequality. Bull has called on Canada to look at improving access and the quality of education for Indigenous communities in order to protect the work of Indigenous peoples and ensure they have the opportunity to obtain less-at-risk jobs.   Powell River Peak  (National)