Factors Fostering Prejudice against Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: Evidence from the 2000 and 2004 Canadian Election Surveys

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This study offers an empirical look at racial prejudice against Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, using the 2000 and 2004 Canadian Election data files. The study seeks to explore two specific questions: (1) Do Canadians with prejudice against Aboriginal peoples act more like obsessive patriots moved by concerns for national unity or more like rational actors pursuing economic rents?, and (2) Does the extent of regional concentration of Aboriginal population has any impact on the occurrence of reported prejudice? In answer to the first question the study finds that prejudice against Aboriginal people seems economically motivated. With respect to the second question, the study finds that that regional effect looses its strength over time. The study discusses limitations of these findings and offers some policy implications for combating intolerance against Aboriginal people.


Keywords: Aboriginal Peoples, Racial Sentiments, Integrative Threat Theory, Contact Hypothesis
Stream: Identity and Belonging; the Politics of Diversity; Globalisation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Factors Fostering Prejudice Against Aboriginal Peoples in Canada


Senada Delic

Ph.D. Student, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
Ottawa, ON, Canada

I am in my second year of the Ph.D. in Public Policy program at Carleton University and I am currently working on a dissertation proposal that examines contemporary labour market issues facing Aboriginal workers in Canada. My proposed dissertation research has two specific objectives: (1) to investigate factors affecting economic integration and labour market outcomes of different indigenous groups in Canada; and (2) to explore whether the labour market segmentation process determines the concentration of indigenous labour in low-paid, unstable and unprotected jobs. I am also working as a research assistant on a project that examines social economies in the Northern Aboriginal communities in Canada.

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