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Canada should look towards Indigenous population for its tech talent needs, leaders say – IT World Canada

by ahnationtalk on September 16, 2019239 Views

While many organizations look overseas for talent to bridge the skills gap in the Canadian tech industry, Indigenous leaders are calling on businesses to invest in the country’s growing Indigenous population.

Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band in British Columbia’s Okanagan said the Indigenous population is growing at a faster rate than any population in Canada, and within that population could be the next wave of tech workers.

“It still upsets me when I hear all this talk about importing workers from other countries when the youngest and fastest-growing population has been proven is the native people,” Chief Louie told IT World Canada. “So get the native people off the welfare, get the native people involved in technology and part of the future workforce.”

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