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Indigenous women who have done well with career decision-making during a period of sex-based status discrimination Becker, Eleanor Sarah


The impact of sex-based discrimination on Indigenous women living in Canada is pervasive and insidious, affecting virtually all aspects of quality of life, including economic and education-related factors and career attainment. Despite this, many Indigenous women in Canada do well in career and career decision-making; however, there is a paucity of research that focuses on those women who have done well. This research study aims to explore the experiences of Indigenous women who have done well in making career decisions during a period of sex-based discrimination in Canada. A narrative inquiry approach was used, specifically an adapted life-story review, in audio-recorded interviews with six Indigenous women who identified as having done well in making career decisions. Braun and Clarke’s (2006) thematic content analysis was used to identify themes in the data. Results indicate that an array of factors, including interpersonal relationships, personal values and experiences, situational influences, a desire to help others and one’s community, and experiences of adversity are thematic of Indigenous women’s career decision-making experiences in Canada. This holds a number of implications for practice, policy and research.

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