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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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Indigenous Employee Retention Recommendations

There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for Indigenous employee retention. 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. Now is an ideal time to adjust workplace policies and practices to be both inclusive and supportive of Indigenous people, their cultural heritage, and the unique talents and skills...

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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

Aboriginal employee

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 than...

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