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 Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Opening Remarks from the Chair
Dena Zavier, Human Resource Consultant to Yukon First Nations, Summit Vision Communication
9:10 - 10:00
Managing and Accommodating Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace – A Community Based Approach
Adam Munnings, Founder & Indigenous Lawyer, Munnings Law
Jennifer D. Wiegele, Partner, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Managing and accommodating employee mental health and/or substances issues present an increasing challenge in the contemporary workplace. Given the stigma surrounding such issues, it can be challenging to know when employees are struggling with mental health or substance issues and how to best manage and/or assist such employees. We will discuss the steps an employer should take when it suspects that, or is advised that, an employee has a mental health or substance abuse issue. We will learn what steps should be taken if an issue of accommodation or performance management arises and discuss traditional and contemporary approaches to addressing these issues in the workplace.

This seminar will use case studies, interactive discussions of fact patterns and group exercises to gain a deeper understanding of effective ways to manage and accommodate employees with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

  • Identify invisible disabilities and understand employer obligations such as the Duty to Enquire and the Duty to Accommodate;
  • How to prepare requests for medical information and how to identify when you may require further medical information;
  • To implement effective return to work arrangements, including drafting return to work agreements; and
  • Skills and tools to effectively support and manage an employee in recovery once he or she returns to work.
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:15
Developing Your Compensation Plan - Art & Science
Jennifer Biddlecombe, Jouta Performance Group
  • What is total compensation?
  • Start with your compensation philosophy
  • Develop the structure
  • Keep your plan current through effective policy
  • The importance of communication
  • Its coming… The Pay Equity Act for federally regulated employers
11:15 - 12:15
Managers & Overtime and the Federal Law
Diana Hamilton, Human Resources Manager, Kwikwetlem First Nation
  • Examining a wage complaint from an ex employee manager
  • Flipped rulings by the Federal Government Supervisor
  • Managers were not actually managers in a First Nations Administrative Office
  • The importance to have policies in place with regard to overtime
  • Getting all staff including managers to take time in lieu of any time worked over and above the regular work day
  • Time in Lieu Form
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Legal Overview – Essentials of the Duty to Accommodate
Mitchell Couling, Principal, Barrister and Solicitor
  • Prohibition of Discrimination generally in employment under Human Rights Legislation
  • Duty to Accommodate
  • Employer and Employee Obligations
  • Scope of Duty to Accommodate
  • Undue Hardship Threshold
  • Legal Test for Discrimination
2:15 - 3:15
Best Practices on Your Duty to Accommodate
Diana Hamilton, Human Resources Manager, Kwikwetlem First Nation
Mitchell Couling, Principal, Barrister and Solicitor
  • Dealing with mental health, conduct and substance abuse issues with your staff
3:15 - 3:30        Networking Break
3:30 - 4:30
First Nation Employee Income Taxation: a Guide for First Nation Employers and Employees
Maxime Faille, Partner, Gowling WLG, Indigenous Law Group
  • A brief history of the Indian Act Tax Exemption
  • Legal update
  • How to structure your operations to allow First Nation employees to be tax exempt
  • Managing risk & uncertainty surrounding the tax exemption
  • Managing re-assessments and disputes with CRA
4:30        End of Day Two



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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