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Virtually Nov 30, 2021

Workforce Forward delivers a  day of dynamic panel discussions and educational workshops focused on Indigenous inclusion training, employment strategies and hiring best practices for HR professionals and business owners. 

Workforce Forward

Does your organization have an Indigenous inclusion strategy? Are you aware of the best practices for hiring, retaining and supporting Indigenous talent? Are you focused on creating pathways to employment?

Equip your leadership group with the right training to develop and grow an inclusive environment for your future Indigenous talent. Now more than ever, Canadian organizations are looking to recruit, train and retain short and long-term with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit groups in order to achieve success and reach their business goals.

Workforce Forward in collaboration with CPHR Alberta welcomes the HR Community for a critical event exploring Indigenous workforce opportunities, training, and inclusion. We are excited to announce the next Workforce Forward will be held virtually on November 30, 2021. 

Sign up to get an update on speaker information, session topics and agenda – coming soon!

Hear from HR Thought Leaders

Join the leaders in Indigenous inclusion in panels and workshops as they explore important concepts, strategies, success stories, programs, barriers and other topics related to the Indigenous workforce. 

Watch our past panel discussions below to learn more.

Engaging with Indigenous Youth

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Krystal Abbotossway

Senior Diversity Inclusion  Sourcing Partner
TD Bank 

Engaging with Indigenous Youth

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Pat White

VP Talent  

Why Attend?

  • Earn CPD hours to be used towards maintaining your CPHR designation
  • Participate in expert led workshops on Indigenous inclusion strategies
  • Explore the impact of a strong Indigenous workforce on the Canadian economy
  • Hear success stories from organizations who employ Indigenous workers at scale

Who Should Attend?

Workforce Forward presents a unique opportunity for HR and business professionals to join the conversation on Canada’s fastest growing labor sector. 

Employees of all experience levels will gain comprehensive knowledge of proven Indigenous workforce tactics and how they can be applied.

  • HR professionals (all experience levels)
  • CPHR Alberta members
  • Workforce professionals
  • Inclusion & diversity professionals
  • Business leaders (small, medium, & large organizations) 
  • Private sector or public sector

Indigenous Workforce Statistics

Is there a Call to Action for our Business?

Less than one-quarter (22%) work for an organization that formally or informally acknowledges the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Large organizations (38%) are more than twice as likely as small (15%) and medium-sized (18%) organizations to have acknowledged them. Saskatchewan organizations are also more likely than those in other regions to have acknowledged the Calls to Action.

No Indigenous Strategy

Less than one-quarter (22%) of Western Canadian organizations currently have an Indigenous strategy for recruitment, and only one-in-ten (9%) are currently developing one. One-in-five either currently have or are developing Indigenous strategies for employee engagement (21%), retention (19%), or professional development (19%).

Acknowledging the Truth and Reconciliation Act

One-third (35%) of HR professionals consider themselves familiar with the fact that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report included specific Calls to Action for the business community. Those who work for large organizations (52%) are significantly more likely to be familiar with this fact than those who work for medium (29%) or small-sized organizations (33%). Regionally, those in Saskatchewan (47%) and Manitoba (44%) are the most likely to be familiar.

Is Reconciliation Part of Your Strategy?

Only one-in-ten (11%) include reconciliation as part of their diversity and inclusion strategy, and a similar proportion (11%) have a separate reconciliation strategy from diversity and inclusion. In both instances, large-sized organizations are more likely to have strategies in place.

CPHR Alberta HR Trends Report. April 2019.

Pre-Approved Event

Workforce Forward is pre-approved for continuing professional development hours for CPHR Alberta chartered members. CPHR members can get 5.5 hours on event day, and up to another 11 hours when they log in after the event for the post summit on demand content to gain up to a total of 16.5 hours.

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