Join the Indigenous Workforce Summit for HR Professionals and Business Owners

Workforce Forward delivers a full day of workshops and panels 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.

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. 

Ensuring Diversity and Inclusion at All Levels

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Richard Lemaire
Industry Workforce Partnerships
Ministry of Labour, Workforce Initiatives Branch

Engaging with Indigenous Youth

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Krystal Abbotossaway
Senior Diversity Inclusion Sourcing Partner
TD Bank

Indigenous Policy in the Workplace

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Pat White
VP Talent

Why Attend?

  • Earn credits towards your annual CPHR accreditation 
  • 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 members
  • CPHR candidates
  • 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?

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.

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 is the First Step

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.

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.

A CPHR Certified Event

Workforce Forward qualifies as a certified program for accreditation for CPHR Alberta members. Attendees will receive 13 credits towards their annual accreditation totals by registering for sessions and workshops at the event. 


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