01/21/2013 01:48 EST | Updated 03/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan Aboriginal Employment Too Low Compared To Alberta, Manitoba: Report


SASKATOON - A new report says Saskatchewan is falling behind Alberta and Manitoba in terms of First Nations employment.

And the report prepared by a University of Saskatchewan professor says the provincial government is partly to blame.

The report cites the cancellation of the Aboriginal Employment Development Program and the opening up of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program to non-skilled workers.

It also says problems at the First Nations University of Canada have been a factor.

The report says if Saskatchewan employed First Nations people at the same rate as Alberta and Manitoba, about 6,000 more people would have jobs.

The report commissioned by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations also says aboriginals are graduating high school and university in record numbers. (MBC)

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