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 Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Theme: Effective Organizational Strategies
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:10 - 10:00
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
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:15
Indigenous HR in BC - British Columbia Federal Council

11:15 - 12:15
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
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
The Federal Public Service and Indigenous Strategies

2:15 - 3:15
Update on FNHR and the Law - Your Duty to Accommodate
Mitchell Couling, Woodward & Company LLP
  • 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
3:15 - 3:30        Networking Break
3:30 - 4:30
Panel Discussion:
Your Duty to Accommodate - Best Practices
Diana Hamilton, Human Resources Manager, Kwikwetlem First Nation
Mitchell Couling, Woodward & Company LLP
  • Dealing with mental health, conduct and substance abuse issues with your staff
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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