Authors: T. Scott Murray
This video is the final segment of a presentation by T. Scott Murray that explores the results of an analysis, completed in 2010, of adult Aboriginal literacy levels in the Northwest Territories, and looks at how those levels affect individuals, communities, and the nation. Murray is the president of DataAngel Policy Research, which collaborated with Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta, to produce the video presentation.
The figures show that about 58 percent of all workers in the Northwest Territories actually have a skill shortage, meaning that their literacy skills are less than what is required to do their jobs effectively and safely.
Among Aboriginal workers, the percentage is higher, at roughly 61 percent. That means that about 8,000 out of 13,000 Aboriginal workers in the Northwest Territories have a literacy skill shortage.
The good news is that most of those workers are only slightly below the necessary literacy level and would need a relatively modest investment to raise them to an acceptable level.
If enough money was invested to solve the problem, Murray says, the result would be a rate of return of between 133 percent and 350 percent per year following the investment.