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

Human Resource Management for Indigenous Communities

Bringing Cultural Tradition into HR Methodology

September 17, 18 and 19, 2019  ·  Vancouver, British Columbia
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Dena Zavier, Human Resource Consultant to Yukon First Nations, Summit Vision Communication
9:10 - 10:00
Training and Development - Needs & Jobs Analysis in Saskatchewan
Michelle Amyotte-Kupusa, Director, Human Resources, FHQ Developments
Thomas Benjoe, CEO, FHQ Developments
  • Developing long-term economic independence
  • Investing in profitable business ventures
  • Advancing community economic development
  • Remaining consistent with First Nation’s Values
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:15
Compassionate Leadership - Supervising in an Environment Impacted by Intergenerational Trauma
Dena Zavier, Human Resource Consultant to Yukon First Nations, Summit Vision Communication
  • Traditional vs. western organizational structures/processes
  • Impact on employee performance
  • Performance management: mediation vs. discipline
  • Going beneath the obvious to address foundational issues around performance
  • Difficult conversations - practical communication methods to get the desired results
  • Techniques for harnessing the observer effect - the impact of noticing
11:15 - 12:15
Indigenous Legal Considerations for Human Resources Management
Darwin Hanna, Partner, Callison & Hanna Indigenous Advocates
  • Wrongful dismissal update
  • Decision-Making & Fiduciary Duty of Council
  • Conflict of Interest considerations
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Taking on Lateral Violence
Jason Walker, Clinical Director, New Horizons Indigenous Association
  • What is lateral Violence
  • Prevention, Intervention, Postvention
  • Implications and outcomes
2:15 - 3:15
Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast
Cori Maedel, CEO, Jouta Performance Group
  • Exploring the impact of HR not being aligned to your intentional organizational culture
  • Integrating community culture into your organizational culture
  • Creating policy within a cultural framework
  • Managing within a cultural framework
3:15 - 3:30        Networking Break
3:30 - 4:30
Recruitment of Indigenous People in the Federal Public Service
Soleil Dempsey, Manager of HR Operations, Public Service Commission of Canada
Kim Blanchet, Manager, Aboriginal Centre of Expertise, Public Service Commission of Canada
  • How recruitment in the federal public service works
  • Learn about the Indigenous recruitment practices in the federal public service
  • Various recruitment programs are available for Indigenous job seekers
  • Best practices for promoting job opportunities to Indigenous Peoples
4:30        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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