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Working Safe in Aboriginal Communities

This study explored injury prevention programs in small- to medium-sized Aboriginal-led business enterprises in B.C. The researchers aimed to generate knowledge about the implementation and utilization of safety programs in Aboriginal enterprises, and to recommend strategies and procedures to support a safe work environment within them

The aim was to discover whether the contexts in which Aboriginal enterprises work mean that injury prevention programs are developed, implemented, and operated differently than in non-Aboriginal firms, and if so, what implications this might have for the ability of Aboriginal enterprises to work safely. The project was a qualitative research study which included a review of relevant literature, in-person interviews with business managers and owners, and participant observations to capture respondents’ experiences

Recommendations for WorkSafeBC and Aboriginal communities are provided, based on the findings

Principal Applicant: David Johnson (United Native Nations)
Co-applicants: Charles Horn (University of Victoria), Danielle Levine (Royal Roads University)
Funding Awarded: $47,986 (Innovation)

Competition Year: 2006 File type: PDF (1 MB) Asset type: Research Research: RS2006-IG07