Aboriginal women face employment barriers. Photo: Elena Elisseeva / Hemera / Thinkstock. Use of photo is granted to The Salvation Army (the Licensee) through a subscription agreement. Downloading of licensed image is restricted other than for personal use, and prohibited from republication, retransmission or reproduction. Go to thinkstockphotos.com for full license information.

Aboriginal Women Take on Trades Despite Challenges


According to CBC News, the enrolment of Aboriginal women in trade schools is on the rise. While this is positive, the women face significant barriers to entering the trades.

One factor is childcare, because Aboriginal women have children at younger ages and another is that a lot of the native community doesn’t have drivers’ licenses. Often, it’s not that they just don’t have a license; employers require that applicants have a vehicle. This limits job opportunities.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada says Aboriginal women have lower incomes compared to non-Aboriginal women. They also work in lower level occupational categories.

“I want to see positive, healthy Indigenous communities,” says Captain Shari Russell, Aboriginal Liaison with The Salvation Army. “Everyone has gifts and strengths to contribute.”

Aboriginal peoples’ involvement in the economy comes despite formidable odds.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles


The Salvation Army Responds to Mexico City Earthquake as Relief Continues around Oaxaca and Veracruz


A 7.1-MAGNITUDE earthquake has caused the collapse of buildings and other infrastructure in and around Mexico City. The epicentre was on the border between the states of Puebla and Morelos, around 120 kilometres from the Mexican capital. The Salvation Army’s Territorial Commander Colonel Ricardo Bouzigues reports that there has been ‘tremendous damage’. More than 200 people are known to have lost their lives in the tremors, including at least 26 children who died when their school collapsed. 
Salvation Army facilities have […]


Salvation Army Launches 126th Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign


Toronto, ON November 23, 2016 – The Salvation Army has launched its 2016 Christmas Kettle Campaign. Now in its 126th year, the annual holiday campaign seeks donations from the public to help The Salvation Army assist millions of Canadians living in poverty. With one in 10 Canadians struggling to make ends meet, The Salvation Army’s advertising campaign focuses on the fact that “Poverty isn’t always easy to see, especially during the holidays.”

With a national $21-million fundraising goal, the Christmas Kettle Campaign enables local […]