Happy New Year! EBDN kicked off the start of 2019 with an in-depth panel discussion on the experiences of indigenous people in the workplace.
Many thanks to our panel members for taking the time to share their story with us and provide a meaningful dialogue with those in attendance. The conversation could have continued for much longer!
The panel included:
- Shelly Anderson: Partner – In Synch Consulting
- Terry Coye’s: Owner – Coye’s & Associates
- Francesca Kiyawasew: Recruitment Outreach & Programs Consultant: Indigenous Peoples, City of Edmonton
- Karen MacKenzie: Owner – MacKintosh Canada Inc.
Each panelist shared stories of their personal experiences within the work place and discussed how we can all make a difference in creating an inclusive environment.
Some key highlights puled from the morning’s discussion include:
- Think differently about how we’re attracting, recruiting, and retaining people.
- A story was shared about the new Edmonton Police Chief, Dale McFee, a Metis, and the work he had done in Prince Albert, where in the same role he grew the number of Indigenous officers to 38%.
- Be open and interested and acknowledge cultural differences
- Be flexible and prepared to meet people where they’re at
- Shelly spoke to the importance of creating circumstances that generate a place where people want to work. She shared the story of Naoka Incorporated, an Indigenous owned company located in Sherwood Park where she employs a number of people who you may not typically see in a traditional workspace, but she has worked with her employees to find an arrangement that is both flexible and meaningful for all parties which has resulted in a very productive and inclusive environment
- Let go of your preconceived notions and perceptions
We look forward to continuing this discussion at a future session and more immediately online. Do you have questions, thoughts, ideas on this topic? If so take it to our Linkedin page (https://www.linkedin.com/company/ebdn/) and let’s take the discussion further.
If you are not yet a member, please review our Membership page and submit a request to join . A member of our team will be in touch.
EBDN looks forward to bringing you meaningful, engaging and thought provoking content throughout the remainder of the year.
Our next session is scheduled for March 13, 2019 on the topic of Microagressions with Farah Merali at the Stantec Tower. Stay tuned for more information in the month to come. If you are not on our distribution list, please email us at EBDiversityn@gmail.com