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National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21, 2020

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities...

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6 Steps to Create an Inclusive Environment for Indigenous Workers

One of the challenges to retaining Indigenous employees is that many work sites are not inclusive environments. Creating a working environment that embraces inclusive principles is the foundation to retaining Indigenous workers. Here are six steps to create an inclusive working environment for Indigenous workers: Research existing Indigenous-friendly workplace programs. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel as there are many programs and best practice examples in existence. Involve your existing workforce in learning more about what an inclusive workplace means. Have some brainstorming sessions on how your company can create an inclusive work environment. Research the culture of the...

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