EBDN Event: Revisiting the Blanket Exercise (Jan 10, 2018)

The EBDN Board has examined our responsibility and opportunity to accept the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action for business, and, to that end, has committed to at least one session per year focusing on education and awareness regarding Indigenous peoples.

On January 10, 2018, EPCOR hosted the EBDN for another Blanket Exercise. The Blanket Exercise is an enormously popular and successful teaching tool that uses participatory popular education methodology to raise awareness and understanding of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

It was a great opportunity for EBDN members and EPCOR employees to join together to enhance our learnings about the major themes and recommendations of the Royal Commission Indigenous Peoples.

Our facilitator was Michelle Nieviadomy from Reach Edmonton, who led us through the exercise and challenged us to examine our own experiences, and how we can bring our realizations into our workplaces and personal lives.

For more information about how to bring the Blanket Exercise into your organization, please contact Lisa Langston (Reach Edmonton) at 780-498-1231 (EXT. 317).

The Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action can be found at http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

We encourage all EBDN members to share their experience with the Blanket Exercise and it’s learnings on our LinkedIn Group.


Leveraging the Diverse Workforce with Hamlin Grange (14 Nov 2017)

For more than 20 years Hamlin Grange has helped organizations in a wide range of sectors – from corporate to public to not-for-profit – to be more reflective, relevant and responsive to the changing demographics they serve. Rather than encouraging business leaders to merely “manage” their diverse workforce, Hamlin Grange encourages leaders to “leverage” diversity in all its dimensions by also considering how individuals process and interpret their environment in order to attain maximum potential and achieve mission success.

Hamlin joined a group of business professionals at the 7th ERIEC Annual Business Leaders Breakfast put on by Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC), co-sponsored by the City of Edmonton, Shift Management, and the Edmonton Business Diversity Network.

A full review can be found here.