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Orange Shirt Day

Today, we recognize the significance of Orange Shirt Day and the damaging legacy left behind by the Canadian residential school system. Wearing an orange shirt is meant to recognize the harm done to residential school students, and show a commitment to the principle that every child matters. To learn more about The Story of Orange Shirt Day, visit their website. Here are some other great resources: Raven Reads is a fantastic Canadian subscription box that aims to share Indigenous culture and history through written word and crafts. Here is a list of history books written by Indigenous authors. The National Film...

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Stream Source and Saskana Staffing launch strategic partnership

Calgary, AB – Fort McKay, AB, August 27, 2020 – Stream Source and Saskana Staffing have partnered to increase job opportunities for Indigenous peoples in Alberta. This partnership aims at strengthening the expertise of both organizations and bridge the gap between Indigenous workers and corporate Canada with employment opportunities. The partnership will target First Nations, Inuit and Metis professionals on a temporarily, contract or permanent-basis across a wide-range of positions from technical and management to field and administrative. “Indigenous employment is Canada’s future growth,” says Jamie Matei, Chief Executive Officer, Saskana Staffing. “We are excited to partner with Stream Source...

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Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities

August 7, 2020 — Ottawa, Traditional Algonquin Territory, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada As of August 6, ISC is aware of these confirmed cases of COVID-19 for First Nations on reserve in provinces: 422 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 34  hospitalizations 381 recovered cases There is a total of 17 confirmed positive cases in Nunavik, Quebec, and all have recovered. Unfortunately, there were new cases reported in First Nations on reserve in Quebec. We are closely monitoring these recent cases and will continue to work in close communication with the community to ensure necessary supports are in place. This week...

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Why do Indigenous people leave their jobs?

Indigenous workers leave jobs

Indigenous unemployment issues in Canada are complex. As part of its mandate, Indigenous Works help human resource practitioners, career counsellors, employers, trainers and members of the Indigneous community facilitate understanding and opportunities to break down barriers to advance an Indigenous labour force in Canada. We are now testing an Indigenous employee satisfaction survey through our partnership network that will help Canadians better understand how Aboriginal people currently view the workplace with regard to retention and advancement issues. Following is a summary of unsubstantiated findings that the council has summarized on Indigenous workforce retention issues with regard to training, working environment and management. Training...

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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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