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July 2, 2013

Aboriginal Education Levels Well Behind Canadian Average

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Aboriginal Canadians continue to lag behind their non-aboriginal counterparts in educational attainment, with the largest gap still at the university level, according to newly released data from Statistics Canada.

Nearly half of Aboriginal people ages 25-64 have a post-secondary qualification according to data from the 2011 National Household Survey, compared to nearly two-thirds of non-Aboriginals. However, fewer than one in 10 Aboriginal people hold a university degree, compared to more than a quarter of non-Aboriginals in the same age group.

Another gap is found in the number of Aboriginals who have no certificate, diploma or degree — nearly 30 per cent, compared to just 12 per cent of non-Aboriginal people in the same age group. More than a fifth of Aboriginal people declared a high-school diploma or equivalent as their highest level of education.

The survey, to which 2.65 million households responded, replaces the mandatory long-form census, which the Harper government scrapped in 2010. Experts say the voluntary nature of the survey leaves some gaps in the data from groups who tend not to respond to voluntary surveys, including Aboriginals, new immigrants and low-income families. But they also say the data should provide a fairly accurate broad scale picture of Canada.

Click here to read the full article from The First Perspective.

ARDN is partnering with Avatar Media to create an online portal that will increase the number of aboriginal youth that complete high school and enter post-secondary education and training for the trades. Click here to learn more.

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