Fascinating and relevant, very knowledgeable.
- Manager, People Effectiveness
House of Commons

Human Resource Management for Indigenous Communities

September 17, 18 and 19, 2019  ·  Vancouver, British Columbia
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Theme: Finding “ Our Way” Working With Tradition & Legacy
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
8:40 - 9:40
“Our Way” - Discovering Tradition in HR Governance
Diane Strand, Director of Community Wellness, Champagne & Aishihik First Nation
  • Reflecting your culture within the legal and admin framework that has been inherited
  • Organization structure. Integrating traditional with historic / cultural legacy systems
9:40 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00
Culture, Protection & Productivity in HR Management
Cori Maedel, CEO, Jouta Performance Group
  • Understanding the need for community culture in HR Management
  • Fitting the community into organization culture
  • Managing change within a cultural framework
  • Making sure you have the right HR Manager and structure
11:00 - 12:00
High Performing Organizations - people + success = business
Kristi Searle, Human Resources Business Strategist, Peoplebiz Consulting Inc.
  • Determining the right leadership
  • Making your executive management team a strategic business partner
  • Strong strategic planning with the board level, executive management and all staff
  • The recipe for a success in creating a high performance organization
    • Ignite the passion and drive business
    • Happy staff mean great results
    • Create a highly productive and good culture
12:00 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Compassionate Leadership - Dealing with Lateral Violence
Dena Zavier, Human Resource Consultant, Selkirk First Nation Government
  • New ways of dealing with conflict, building relationships
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
Our Way of Conflict Resolution
Angie Sarsons, Band Manager, Wei Wai Kum First Nation
  • New ways of dealing with conflict, building relationships
  • Equipping individuals with resources, tools, and healing opportunities
3:30 - 4:20
4:20        End of Day One



As a Human Resources Manager your job is to strengthen the skills, competencies and abilities of the employees who are critical to the success of your organization, minimize conflict that can undermine that success and comply with a myriad of complex workplace laws just waiting to trip you up. You can't reach your organizational goals if your workforce is not functioning effectively, conflict is rumbling below the surface or time, money and resources are being wasted fighting time-consuming, expensive legal challenges.

Formidable barriers stand in your way. To achieve organizational goals, you need to understand the dimensions of your role, follow a well thought-out strategic plan, assist employees in achieving their goals and engage employees so they are not just putting in time. You need to understand and manage the conflicts that are inevitable in any organization and confidently hold even the most difficult conversations. Of equal importance, you have to be on top of a whole lot of complex laws that can undermine your effectiveness.

That's why we created Human Resource Management for Indigenous Communities, a program specifically designed to provide the HR essentials required to address the unique challenges facing aboriginal organizations. The program will provide the in-depth information, strategies and techniques you need to effectively manage performance, engage employees, and productively deal with conflict to avoid the pernicious effects of festering negativity. Experts will explain workplace legislation so it makes sense to you and address the steps you must take to ensure compliance. You will return to your organization having made an invaluable investment in your professional ability and your organization's future.

Take a few moments to review the jam-packed agenda and imagine the leg-up the information throughout will give you. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn from and network with other first nations HR managers, leading consultants and the most well-informed lawyers you will find anywhere. Then register immediately to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you.

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