Why Canada should look to Indigenous communities to fill tech industry skills gap

September 18, 2019

Many Canadian businesses and organizations are overlooking Indigenous peoples when they search for new personnel to fill the tech industry’s skills gap, and are thus missing out on a massive opportunity to develop top talent, say Indigenous leaders. “It still upsets me when I hear all this talk about importing workers from other countries when the youngest and fastest-growing population has been proven is the native people,” says Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band in British Columbia’s Okanagan region. A positive example in this regard, reports IT World Canada, is a BlackBerry-led initiative, in partnership with Forrest Green and Microsoft, that aims to provide a mix of next-generation secure communication, cybersecurity, cloud, IoT, AI, and machine learning technologies to Chiefs and Grand Chiefs across Canada to help support local service organizations and strengthen their privacy infrastructure. The article goes on to highlight other ways in which Canadian organizations and Indigenous communities can help make Indigenous peoples a significant part of Canada’s IT future. IT World Canada (National)