Working Together: Indigenous Recruitment and Retention in Remote Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, 133 pages, March 6, 2019
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This report examines the current situation—from survey findings, expert interviews, and a scan of policy and research—of Indigenous recruitment and retention for organizations in Canada’s Northern and remote regions.

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Working Together: Indigenous Recruitment and Retention in Remote Canada examines the current situation of Indigenous recruitment and retention for organizations operating in Canada’s Northern and remote regions. Its mixed methods approach integrates findings from a survey of Northern and remote employers conducted by the Centre for the North, along with expert interviews and an environmental scan of policy and research. The report identifies persistent challenges that employers and Indigenous employees continue to face and highlights best practices to help employers develop effective recruitment and retention strategies suitable for Canada’s Northern and remote regions. Our discussion of challenges and best practices also guides readers through the evolving landscape of policy and public opinion surrounding Indigenous recruitment and retention issues in Canada.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • Method and Approach

Chapter 2—The Business Case for Employing Indigenous Workers

  • The Benefits of Employing Indigenous Workers
  • Social Licence, Productivity, and Mutual Benefit
  • Benefits of Diversity
  • Indigenous Population Growth
  • Building a Stable, Local Workforce
  • Outcomes, Costs, and Benefits of the Government of Canada’s Programs
  • Wage Subsidies and Tax Credits for Employers
  • Potential Return on Investment Challenges
  • Conclusion

Chapter 3—The Evolving Landscape: Reconciliation, Implementation of UNDRIP, and Federal Government Policies

  • Canada’s Reconciliation Agenda
  • The Current Federal Context
  • Adopting and Implementing UNDRIP: Implications for Indigenous Employment, Recruitment, and Retention
  • Conclusion

Chapter 4—Key Issues and Context

  • The Employee Side
  • The Employer Side
  • Conclusion

Chapter 5—Survey Analysis and Interview Findings: An Empirical Lens

  • Profile of Survey Respondents
  • Recruiting Indigenous Employees
  • Retaining Indigenous Employees
  • Recruitment and Retention Strategies
  • Conclusion

Chapter 6—Case Examples of Indigenous Recruitment and Retention Practices

  • International: Wiluna Regional Partnership Agreement
  • Training and Job Preparedness/Readiness Organizations: Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services
  • Development Corporation: Det’on Cho Corporation
  • Natural Resources Sector: Mining Best Practices—Focus on Agnico Eagle
  • Provincial Government: British Columbia’s Aboriginal Youth Internship Program
  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium
  • Conclusion

Chapter 7—Recommendations for Employers

  • Success Factors and Recommendations

Appendix A—Bibliography

Appendix B—Participating Organizations

  • Advisory Committee
  • Interviewees
  • Survey Respondents

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