Relatively few managers and labour leaders judged the hiring of Aboriginal people to be a "very important" action in addressing their organizational labour and skills requirements (see Figure 26). However, this national level finding hides important and substantial variations between the provinces and regions (Figure 27). With the exception of private sector managers, a majority of labour leaders and public sector managers is the western provinces said that hiring Aboriginal people was either "somewhat" or "very important" in meeting skills needs. This response in understandable insofar as Aboriginal peoples make up a relatively large and growing share of the population - particularly the youth population - in these provinces29. Of more concern perhaps, is the relatively large share of private sector managers (between 50% and 60% in each of the western provinces) who felt that the hiring of Aboriginal people was "not important" in meeting their organization's future labour and skills requirements.
Workplace Partners Panel, Viewpoints 2005
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29 For more information about the Aboriginal population in the province of Saskatchewan, see Sask Trends Monitor, 2006. Saskatchewan Diagnostic: A report prepared for the Saskatchewan Task Force of the Workplace Partners Panel. http://www.wpp-clbc.ca/files/PDF/Sask_Diagnostic_May_Draft.pdf