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 Three Program Agenda: Thursday, September 19, 2018
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Kerry A. Jothen, CEO & Principal, Human Capital Strategies
9:10 - 10:00
Indigenous Community Nation Building Through Effective Human Resources
Diane Carriere, President, Canadian Aboriginal Human Resources Management Association (CAHRMA)
  • Realities: human resource management IS different within Indigenous organizations than other Canadian workplaces due to location, cultural relevance and the communities socio-employment stories
  • Economics: building strong Indigenous communities requires effective alignment at the forefront with the strategic alignment of leadership, economic development, and human resources that work together as one at the design table
  • Leadership: HR is a core function & requires the support of leadership to deploy resources and be provided with a responsibility of trust to operate in the best interest of the employer
  • Development: due to the specialization of their situations, Indigenous HR managers need their own ‘space & place’ to connect, network and share practices to maintain their motivation and stay ‘sharp’
  • Future: with the evolution of human resource practices and workplaces globally, the experiences and expertise among Indigenous approaches to HR, offer Indigenous agencies the opportunity to become the models of what it takes to operationalize truly inclusive workplaces
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:15
Workplace Wellness
Kim Humphreys, President, Workforce by Design
  • Understand the components of a comprehensive Workplace Wellness approach, why it’s important and how to achieve it in your workplace.
  • Learn how to anchor Workplace Wellness in a relational worldview where everything is connected - using the concept of ‘two-eyed seeing’ to better understand where the best of Indigenous and western perspectives and practices are combined to maximize quality, benefit and unity.
  • Understand what a Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) is - why it is important; how to use it as a framework to meet legal obligations and establish organization standards that exceed requirements; and, how and where to implement it in your organization.
11:15 - 12:15
Strategic HR Planning, Strategy Development & Execution for Indigenous Communities
Kerry A. Jothen, CEO & Principal, Human Capital Strategies
  • Determining where you are, where you are going and how you are going to get there are critical questions to answer before Indigenous communities take action on HR and workforce priorities
  • Working in a respectful, trusting way with Indigenous communities and taking the time to learn and understand their governance, history, language, culture are the first requirement in building capacity and an effective strategic approach to HR and workforce strategy
  • Information - data and knowledge collection, information management and utilization - is a key part of Indigenous capacity building and HR and workforce strategy development. This has to be conducted in a culturally sensitive way, adhering to CAP™ principles
  • Execution of Indigenous HR and workforce strategy requires a solid implementation plan that clearly articulates leadership, project management, roles, resources, timelines and phasing, monitoring and reporting, evaluation, etc. of the HR and workforce strategy
  • Accountability for use of resources and results of HR and workforce strategy and execution are critical. Having a clear logic model, data tracking/monitoring/reporting procedures, clear, relevant KPIs, and reliable performance evaluation will give Indigenous governments', community members', funders' and partners' needs confidence in your accountability
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Preparing for Self-Governance: A Capacity Building Framework
Celeste Haldane, Chief Commissioner, BC Treaty Commission
  • HR planning supports good governance and needs a community-driven approach to ensure success.
  • The BC Treaty Commission has worked closely with numerous First Nations in BC to support capacity building and community engagement. This presentation will discuss the Treaty Commission’s HR Capacity Tool and a four-phase process for HR planning that is applicable to all First Nations governments
2:15 - 3:15
Supporting Apprentices within Indigenous Communities
Shannon Hanson, Apprentice Advisor, BC Industry Training Authority
Donna Anderson, Apprenticeship Advisor, Customer Experience, Industry Training Authority
  • The benefits of apprenticeship training in First Nation communities
  • Understand how the trades training system works
  • Aligning trades training opportunities with economic development
  • Applying the community-based training model
  • Collaborating with partners to train your local workforce
3:15 - 3:30        Networking Break
3:30 - 4:30
Indigenization and Enculturation: Creating and Bringing First Peoples Cultural Workshops Into Practice
Nedra Lee Prisk, Principal, Prynx Consulting
  • How to make an idea into reality
  • Working with others to create your vision
  • Dealing with negativity
  • Finding the artist within you
  • Finding balance
4:30        End of Day Three



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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