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Time to Let Aboriginal Youth Shape Their Future

by Glen Roberts

Over a decade ago, in response to fragmented and reactive programming, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) called for a national Aboriginal youth policy that would involve Aboriginal groups as equal partners.

Including Aboriginal youth in the development of policy that directly concerns their welfare was seen as the first step to their empowerment.

Unfortunately, this important recommendation has not been adequately adopted by governments or by industry in Canada – particularly when establishing educational and employment programs targeted at First Nation, Métis and Inuit youth, which have had limited or mixed success.

A recent study by Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN), Pathways for First Nation and Métis Youth in the Oil Sands, examines the plethora of education and training programs designed for Aboriginal youth in the heart of oil sands development – the municipality of Wood Buffalo – and finds the results disappointing and not commensurate with the level of investment by the various partners involved.

Release Date: 10 Sep 2009
Number of pages: 3
Document number: 51717