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Research Publications

2016-2017 LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION REPORT

By Robert Keelaghan And Guido Contreras
2016 -2017

Annual RLI review of the state of the economy and Métis labour market outlook for 2016-2017.

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Métis Education in Alberta – K-12 Policy Discussion Paper

By Jennifer Paulson - PhD, Yvonne Poitras Pratt - PhD, Guido Contreras
Research, Policy and Strategic Partnerships March 13, 2015

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Economic Impacts and Labour Market Trends 2015

By David Boisvert and Guido Contreras Research, Policy and Strategic Partnerships January 1, 2015

This document provides up to date economic and labour market information. It includes regional data and economic and employment forecast. The document is part of an annual series presented by the RLI Research, Policy and Strategic Partnerships division of Rupertsland Institute; it is an internal document and is meant to be used during the RLI planning process.

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Métis Training to Employment Client Labour Market Self-Sufficiency Study

By Laurie McCaffrey, M.Sc; Rachel Rose, M. Ad. Ed (Candidate); and, Sherrill Johnson, Pd. D. McCaffrey Consulting August 2, 2014

This document provides a detailed description of the independent study conducted to assess the extent to which the Métis Training to Employment program is meeting the goal of creating client labour market self-sufficiency. The document reports on the research findings and includes recommendations for improving and/or maintaining program outcomes.

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Sudden Labour Displacement For Métis in Alberta

By Kristine Wray, BA, BSc., MSc. and Chris Andersen, Pd.D. Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research May 2, 2014

This report documents research findings about the Métis Training to Employment’s response to the sudden labour force displacement that occurred as a result of the 2011 Slave Lake fire and the 2013 flood in Southern Alberta. The report includes best practices and recommendations.

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Bridging the Aboriginal Education Gap in Alberta

By Eric Howe

Bridging the Aboriginal Education Gap in Alberta highlights the positive correlation between education and lifetime earnings. While this correlation has been demonstrated in previous studies, this is the first time that forensic economic principles are used to measure the gap in the province of Alberta.

The research documents the ‘return on investment’ of the Métis Training to Employment (MTE) program and makes a compelling case for the renewal of the Aboriginal Skills Employment & Training Strategy (ASETS), which is schedule to sunset in March 2015. Based on 1,496 MTE clients, Eric Howe is able to project a lifetime earnings increase exceeding $564 million. The social benefit of clients in the MTE program dating back to 2006 is into the billions.

The Bridging the Aboriginal Education Gap in Alberta study should serve as a call to action for the federal and provincial government to invest in Métis education and labour market training. As Eric Howe remind us: “A Mind is a Very Expensive Thing to Waste.”

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Painting a Picture of The Métis Homeland: Synthesizing Knowledge About Métis Education, Employment, and Training

By Yvonne Poitras-Pratt, Chris Andersen and Guido Contreras

This research study synthesizes knowledge on Métis employment, training and education frameworks, and policies and programs across the Métis homeland – an area that historically extended from the upper Great Lakes of Ontario to the eastern slopes of the Rocky Moun¬tains, and that today services Metis living in coastal British Columbia through to southern Ontario. In preparation of this study, researchers interviewed policy players within Métis organizations as well as the governmental actors with whom they engaged to gain a better understanding of how the various training, employment, and education pro¬grams are executed. We discovered very early on that training and employment programs are significant¬ly better supported, through the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) program, than educational programs, which, being under provincial jurisdiction, are at the discretion of provincial policy priorities.

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