Making Canada Work: Indigenous People Inclusion in the Workplace

A country is as inclusive as its least included group of people, and for Canada that group is Indigenous people. To address the issue, IndigenousWorks developed a competency model for Indigenous people inclusion in the Canadian economy.
By Debra Jenkins

Workplace inclusion is not an easy topic because of the many cultures represented in Canadian businesses and other organisations. Canada is deeply committed to diversity and has proactively promoted immigration, yet there continues to be a shortage of skilled and unskilled labour.

One of the solutions is ensuring there is as strong a commitment to inclusion of all working age Canadians as there is to diversity, including Indigenous Canadians who have historically been excluded. It is a monumental challenge to change cultural perceptions and to develop a business case and competency model for Indigenous inclusion, but that is precisely what IndigenousWorks set out to do 20 years ago.

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