This study offers an empirical look at racial prejudice against Aboriginal people in Canada, using the 2000 and 2004 Canadian Election Surveys. The study seeks to explore two specific questions: (1) Do Canadians with prejudice against Aboriginal people 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 have 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 mixed results. The state of the research on this topic is discussed in light of these findings.
|Keywords:||Aboriginal People, Racial Sentiments, Integrative Threat Theory, Contact Hypothesis|
Ph.D. Student, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
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