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Mastering aboriginal inclusion

Mastering Aboriginal Inclusion

  • The Aboriginal Human Resource Council specializes in HR services, tools and strategies to help companies recruit, retain and advance an Aboriginal workforce.

  • Mastering Aboriginal Inclusion is a program that was developed by and for corporate Canada. Leading companies took part in the ‘Networks of Change’ initiative to provide hands-on & proven successful HR processes.

Mastering aboriginal inclusion

Definition of Aboriginal Inclusion

  • The “culture” of a workplace that attracts, engages, and advances Aboriginal talent.

  • When a successful collection of HR policies, practices and training are combined with positive human behaviour, results are an inclusive workplace where Aboriginal people can advance to their full potential.

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Who Are “Aboriginal People”?

  • Constitution of Canada (1982) people identifying as “Aboriginal” are made up of:

    • First Nations

    • Inuit, and

    • Métis

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History of First Nations

  • Original inhabitants had diverse lifestyles in independent societies.

  • The relationship between First Nations and European peoples in Canada began as one of mutual benefit and cooperation.

  • Each First Nation has its own unique historical background, culture and political goals.

  • 698,025 FN people, 633 bands representing 52 Nations and 60 distinct languages (2006 Census).

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History of Inuit

  • Inhabitants of the North American Arctic.

  • North Atlantic whaling industry brought goods and disease.

  • By 1915 fur trade encompassed the Arctic.

  • By mid 1960’s nearly all Inuit had been moved to permanent settlements.

  • New territory called “Nunavut” proclaimed on April 1, 1999.

  • Population 50,485 (2006 Census)

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History of Métis

  • Became a distinct culture in early 1800’s.

  • “Country born” & “Red River Métis”.

  • Largely based in Western Canada.

  • 8 Métis Settlements in Alberta.

  • Population 389,785 (2006 Census).

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Aboriginal Historical Exclusion

  • Cultural

    • Prohibited from cultural expressions.

  • Economic

    • Not permitted economic development.

  • Social

    • Example: Aboriginal war veterans not permitted into Canadian Legion.

  • Political

    • Could not vote until 1960.

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The Inclusion Continuum

An Employers Roadmap:


Moving from Exclusion to Inclusion: Building a welcoming workplace for Aboriginal talent

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The Inclusion Continuum

INCLUSIONInclusion is fully embraced as the cultural norm

INTEGRATIONInclusion as a catalyst for growth

INCUBATIONInclusion nurtured as a core competency

INITIATIONInclusion as a business imperative

IMAGEInclusion as public relations

INTIMIDATIONInclusion as forced compliance

INDIFFERENCEInclusion is not on the radar screen

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Recruitment Strategies

  • 8 Ways to Seek

  • Aboriginal Candidates

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8 Ways to Seek Aboriginal Candidates

  • Aboriginal Employment Organizations.

  • Aboriginal media.

  • Aboriginal job boards.

  • Career and hiring fairs.

  • Aboriginal employee networking.

  • Consultation with liaison officers at colleges. and universities.

  • Executive searches.

  • Fax out services.

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1. Working with Aboriginal Employment Organizations

  • Approximately 80 Aboriginal HR Agreement Holders (AHRDA) & hundreds of local offices.

  • Note: April 2010 new strategy name “ASETS”.

  • Many prepare and can refer candidates for training and work opportunities.

  • Partnership initiatives with employers.

  • (Home Page-Topics-Aboriginal Canadians).

    Workforce Connex:

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2. Aboriginal Media

  • Access regional Aboriginal newspapers at :

    - Windspeaker (National) - Saskatchewan Sage

    - Ontario Birchbark   - Alberta Sweetgrass

    - Raven’s Eye - Buffalo Spirit

  • Native Journal (

  • First Perspective. (

  • Nationtalk (

  • Say Magazine (

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3. Aboriginal Job Boards

  • Inclusion Network


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4. Career & Job Fairs

  • Job fairs.

  • Aboriginal career/job fairs.

    • Blueprint for the Future

    • Friendship Centres

  • Aboriginal National Recruitment Fair.

    • Inclusion Works 2011 Montreal May, 2010

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5. Recruiting Networks

Create networks by:

  • Sharing skilled candidates

  • Speaking to other recruitment specialists

  • Consulting Aboriginal and Northern Affairs provincial websites

  • Building relationships with local Aboriginal communities

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6. Colleges & Universities

  • Contact the Aboriginal Student Centre on campus.

  • Share recruitment process & what to expect.

  • Provide resume writing seminars & conduct mock interviews.

  • Invite students to site visits.

  • Provide summer jobs/internships.

  • Provide educational completion awards.

  • Attend or support Aboriginal ceremonies & graduations.

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7. Executive Search Companies

Executive Search Companies



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8. Fax-out Service

  • Fax Out Services – Aboriginal Link is owned by Competitive Edge


Mastering aboriginal inclusion

Mastering Aboriginal Inclusion

Thank You

Aboriginal Human Resource Council


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