Table 5
Highest level of educational attainment of Inuit and non-Aboriginal people aged 25 to 64, by sex, Canada and Inuit regions, 2006

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Level of educational attainment Inuit Non-Aboriginal population
Both sexes Men Women Both sexes Men Women
percentage
Canada
Total - Highest certificate, diploma or degree 100 100 100 100 100 100
Less than high school 51 51 51 15 16 14
High school diploma 13 12 14 24 23 25
Total - Postsecondary qualification 36 37 36 61 61 61
Trades certificate 13 18 9 12 16 9
College diploma 17 15 19 20 18 23
Certificate or diploma below bachelor 2 1 3 5 4 6
University degree 4 3 5 23 23 24
Total - Inuit Nunaat
Total - Highest certificate, diploma or degree 100 100 100 100 100 100
Less than high school 58 56 59 8 10 6
High school diploma 10 10 11 15 15 14
Total - Postsecondary qualification 32 34 30 77 75 80
Trades certificate 13 18 8 9 14 4
College diploma 15 13 17 23 23 24
Certificate or diploma below bachelor 2 1 2 5 4 6
University degree 2 1 3 40 35 47
Nunatsiavut
Total - Highest certificate, diploma or degree 100 100 100 100 100 100
Less than high school 42 45 40 12 18 12
High school diploma 17 15 21 9 12 12
Total - Postsecondary qualification 40 40 40 76 71 82
Trades certificate 16 21 10 9 12 0
College diploma 17 17 18 15 18 12
Certificate or diploma below bachelor 4 2 6 6 12 12
University degree 3 0 5 47 41 59
Nunavik
Total - Highest certificate, diploma or degree 100 100 100 100 100 100
Less than high school 58 56 61 8 10 6
High school diploma 11 11 11 8 10 4
Total - Postsecondary qualification 31 33 28 84 80 90
Trades certificate 21 25 16 12 14 10
College diploma 6 6 6 20 22 18
Certificate or diploma below bachelor 2 1 3 5 6 4
University degree 2 1 3 47 38 57
Nunavut
Total - Highest certificate, diploma or degree 100 100 100 100 100 100
Less than high school 60 58 62 7 9 6
High school diploma 9 9 9 14 14 14
Total - Postsecondary qualification 31 33 29 78 77 80
Trades certificate 10 15 4 8 13 3
College diploma 18 15 20 24 24 24
Certificate or diploma below bachelor 1 1 1 5 4 6
University degree 3 2 4 41 36 47
Inuvialuit region
Total - Highest certificate, diploma or degree 100 100 100 100 100 100
Less than high school 52 54 50 9 10 8
High school diploma 14 13 13 20 22 19
Total - Postsecondary qualification 35 32 36 70 67 73
Trades certificate 11 15 6 10 15 3
College diploma 21 15 27 24 21 27
Certificate or diploma below bachelor 1 1 1 4 3 5
University degree 2 1 2 33 29 38
Total - Outside Inuit Nunaat
Total - Highest certificate, diploma or degree 100 100 100 100 100 100
Less than high school 30 31 29 15 16 14
High school diploma 21 20 22 24 23 25
Total - Postsecondary qualification 49 48 50 61 61 61
Trades certificate 14 18 12 12 16 9
College diploma 23 21 24 20 18 23
Certificate or diploma below bachelor 4 2 5 5 4 6
University degree 8 7 9 23 23 24
Notes:
Highest certificate, diploma or degree (Highest level of educational attainment): This is a derived variable obtained from the educational qualifications questions, which asked for all certificates, diplomas and degrees to be reported. There is an implied hierarchy in this variable (secondary school graduation, registered apprenticeship and trades, college, university) which is loosely tied to the 'in-class' duration of the various types of education. However, at the detailed level, a registered apprenticeship graduate may not have completed a secondary school certificate or diploma, nor does an individual with a master's degree necessarily have a certificate or diploma above the bachelor's degree level. Therefore, although the sequence is more or less hierarchical, it is a general rather than an absolute gradient measure of academic achievement.
'Inuit' includes persons who reported an Inuit identity only.
'Inuit Nunaat' is the Inuit language expression for 'Inuit homeland,' a region extending from Northern Labrador to the Northwest Territories.
Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2006