Impact of Education on Family Income in First Nations Communities

  • Arzu Sardarli First Nations University of Canada, 1301 Central Ave, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, S6V 4W1, Canada.
  • Thuntida Ngamkham Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Thammasat University, Phathum Thani, 12121, Thailand.
  • Andrei Volodin University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4S 0A2 Canada.
Keywords: First nations, education, income, family income, labour market, educational attainment, employment


Our days, the globalizing labour market requires educated professionals.  Individuals with high school and post-secondary diplomas have higher potential when it comes to adapting to rapid change in technology and economy.  Canada, like other member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED) has no alternative but to improve the knowledge and skills of its labour force, increase productivity and support world class research.  Canadian governments, at all levels, are interested in developing human resources in urban and rural communities to meet the demand of their domestic labour markets. The impact an individual’s level of education has on their employment opportunities and income has been studied by many scholars. However, the review of suitable literature indicates that there is a need for analogical research in First Nations communities. Within the presented project we have analyzed the correlation between level of educational level, income range, and employment rate in Kahkewistahaw, Muskeg Lake and Fairchild (Lac La Ronge) First Nations communities. The project was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada within the Aid for Small Universities program.


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