Digital Differences: The Impact of Automation on the Indigenous Economy in Canada

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Andy Avgerinos,

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Digital Differences (2020): The Impact of Automation on the Indigenous Economy in Canada

Technology disruption has the potential to support or hinder the future of Indigenous work in this country, given that 33.8% of Indigenous workers across Canada are currently concentrated in industries with a higher risk of automation.

Key Takeaways

  • Approximately 250,000 jobs held by Indigenous workers are at high risk of automation in the 33 industries listed in the report, with a median of 3,520 jobs represented by the wholesale trade sector.

  • The five industry categories with the highest levels of automation risk, in order of magnitude are: accommodation and food services; retail trade; construction; transportation and warehousing; and management, administrative, and other support.

  • Indigenous workers in Nunavut, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories, Ontario, and Alberta are more at risk from automation than non-Indigenous workers in these provinces

  • Approximately 49,000 Indigenous individuals are listed as self-employed – some out of necessity, some through choice.