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Indigenous Employee Recruitment Recommendations

  There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for Indigenous employee recruitment. Each organization must understand that processes and policies need to be adjusted over time to determine which strategies are the most effective. Organizations successfully recruiting and retaining Indigenous employees often partner with other organizations, such as skills development and training organizations. They also focus on providing roles that address the interests of Indigenous people and provide positive workplaces that value Indigenous culture. 1. Build trust and genuine understanding with Indigenous communities and leaders. It is essential to build and maintain strong, mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities. For example, before...

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Tips for Hiring Aboriginal Employees

  Culturally-sensitive and effective interviewers know the background, experience and culture of the job candidates they interview and respond to each candidate on the basis of individual merit. By understanding that limited availability of work, lack of training opportunities, distance from major economic centres and a variety of personal factors may be responsible for inconsistent work records, the interviewer can more accurately assess an Aboriginal candidate’s resume. When conducting interviews with candidates from different cultures, the interviewer must be alert to a variety of scenarios. For example, silence following a question may mean something vastly different to an Aboriginal person...

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Differences Between Traditional Aboriginal Cultures & Mainstream Western Culture

Traditional Culture Mainstream Western Culture Community is the foremost of all values Individualism is the foremost value The future tense is dominant The present is the dominant tense The world is understood mythically The world is understood scientifically Goals are met with patience Goals are met with aggressive effort Ownership is often communal Ownership is reward for hard work Gifts are regarded as social glue Gifts are regarded as holiday issues Work is often motivated by group need Work is motivated by ambition Aging is a source of wisdom Aging is decay and loss Eye contact is thought over-assertive Eye...

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UNDRIP 101

UNDRIP stands for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and is a document that describes both individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples around the world. It offers guidance on cooperative relationships with Indigenous peoples to states, the United Nations, and other international organizations based on the principles of equality, partnership, good faith and mutual respect. It addresses the rights of Indigenous peoples on issues such as: culture identity religion language health education community The declaration was adopted by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on September 13, 2007. Canada has committed to a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship...

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