Aboriginal Communities:
Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Sudbury

Education and employment are key challenges for Aboriginal people in ACMS

Child reading by window jpgThe Aboriginal Community in Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Sudbury (ACMS) is growing at a faster pace than the total population. Between 2001 and 2006, this community grew by 20% to 40,150 people. In fact, one in ten people in ACMS identifies as Aboriginal. Most Aboriginal people in ACMS are First Nation, indeed ACMS is home to 27 distinct First Nation communities. There is also a robust Métis community—fully 20% of all Métis people in Ontario live in ACMS. The complete ACMS Aboriginal Community Profile includes population, labour force, education, income and Aboriginal languages information. As well, the profile highlights findings specific to First Nations and Métis people. 

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Community Highlights

  • The Aboriginal community is younger compared to the general population—in ACMS, nearly 45% of First Nations people are under the age of 25 years.
  • The good news is that younger generations are becoming better educated; nevertheless, a large proportion of First Nation people, and in particular, people living on-reserve, have not completed schooling.
  • The intersection of less education, more unemployment and fewer full-time jobs challenges the community's well-being: In 2006, unemployment among First Nations people was double that of the general ACMS population. As well, Aboriginal people in ACMS were more likely to work part-time or seasonally than full-time. These factors contribute to a significant income gap; Aboriginal people in ACMS earned, on average, $10,000 less than the general population in ACMS.