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

By Senada Delic.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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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

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.121-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 670.295KB).

Senada Delic

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

Senada Delic is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Her research focuses on social and labour market policies, with particular interests in earnings and employment outcomes of Aboriginal workers in Canada and socioeconomic issues facing Canadian entrepreneurs. She is currently engaged in researching social economies of the Northern Aboriginal communities and is working on her dissertation that examines factors affecting economic integration and labour market outcomes of different Aboriginal groups in Canada.

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