Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 05/9/2013 7:22 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 05/9/2013 7:38 PM | Updates
The biggest challenge facing Manitoba over the next 15 years is finding a way to get more of its aboriginal youth into the workforce, a Winnipeg business conference was told today.
About 180 business and government officials were told aboriginals are the fastest growing group within the provincial population, yet there remains a huge gap between the labour force participation rates for aboriginal versus non-aboriginal Manitobans.
"Our unique challenge is how do we take advantage of the opportunity the young aboriginal population presents for us," said Richardson Financial Group president and CEO Sandy Riley.
Riley said one of the first steps that needs to happen is for the province’s aboriginal leadership to formulate a clear vision of what it thinks needs to be done to address the problem.
And former Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin maintained the most pressing need is to convince the federal government to substantially boost its funding for on-reserve schools.
Martin said the current level of education funding is grossly inadequate, "and I think we’re going to have to get the business community behind it (the lobbying effort)," he added.
Martin and Riley were among more than two dozen business and government officials slated to participate in a series of panel discussions on a wide range of topics pertaining to Manitoba’s future, including aboriginal issues, education, taxes and the bottom line, business and economic development, and energy and the environment.
The one-day Manitoba: Past, Present & Future conference is organized by the Business Council of Manitoba.
Updated on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM CDT: Writethru
4:05 PM: Adds infographic.
7:38 PM: corrects typo
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Heavy rains cause flooding around Winnipeg
Three mayoral candidates snubbed by Downtown BIZ
Al's Brink expected to take the field against former Bomber teammates Friday
Havixbeck wants Mealshare program for Winnipeg to help soup kitchens
Harper rejects call for national inquiry, calls Fontaine's death a crime
Police looking for man after girls approached
Province launches consultations on new chartered professional accountant designation
PCs criticize government spending on 'boastful' ads at construction projects
Man charged after cellphone found recording in women's washroom
Man sought in connection with gas station robbery on Kenaston
Man suffers serious injuries after getting stabbed in Carlton and Graham area
Man sought after Portage la Prairie home invasion
Police looking for teen who groped woman near Netley Street and North Drive
Gas leak forces evacuations in the Maples
Hwy. 1 reopened after collision
Firefighters battle overnight blazes
Man charged after drug bust on Sargent turns up marijuana, cash
Back to B.C. for CEO's family
Dreary weekend in store for southern Manitoba
Moody's lowers city's financial outlook to negative
Ecstasy, pot heading south
Mayoral race roundup
Wildlife-feeding ban extended to aboriginal hunters to combat disease
Firefighters, real estate board pay for poll
Steeves' transition a calculated gamble
River Rouge forced to ship off
Vegas trip, payouts questioned
'Pulling out all of the stops'
Killer to get a second chance
Local doctor pioneered child-abuse investigations
Keeping a lid on injuries