Fascinating and relevant, very knowledgeable.
- Manager, People Effectiveness
House of Commons

Human Resource Management for Indigenous Organizations

September 18, 19 and 20, 2018  ·  Edmonton, Alberta
Day Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
8:30 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Opening Remarks from the Chair
Chris Hylton, President, CG Hylton Inc.
9:15 - 10:00
The Role, Responsibility and Tools of Today's HR Manager
Speaker TBA
  • Human resources as a strategic business partner
  • The key components of an effective human resources team
  • Tools to enable your 'best practice
10:00 - 10:50
Human Rights in the First Nations Workplace
Trina Kondro, Emery Jamieson LLP
  • Overview of the human rights legislation applicable to First Nations workplaces
  • Understand what constitutes discrimination in the workplace, and what doesn't
  • Update on new developments in family status and medical marijuana
  • In-depth look at policies that address medical marijuana in the workplace
10:50 - 11:10        Networking Break
11:10 - 12:10
Principles of Termination and Constructive Dismissal
Gerald D. Chipeur, QC, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
  • Are you under the Canada Labour Code or provincial legislation?
  • How to effectively manage dismissals within your organization
  • What is proper "notice"?
  • What about Employment Standards?
  • What constitutes constructive dismissal and how to avoid it
  • When can an employee can be terminated for just cause?
12:10 - 1:10        Luncheon Break
1:10 - 2:00
Managing Accommodation and Addiction
Trina Kondro, Lawyer, Emery Jamieson LLP
  • Duty to accommodate and how to deal with specific disabilities such as addiction
  • What are an employers' obligations when addiction is based on disability, performance is affected, or there are safety considerations?
  • Managing risks: when failure to accommodate amounts to discrimination
  • Tools for identifying addiction in the workplace
  • Best practices for drug and alcohol testing
  • Options available for accommodating addiction disorders
  • Recreational and medicinal marijuana in the workplace
  • Impact of cannabis on both safety and non-safety sensitive positions
  • The need to update relevant policies when cannabis is legalized
2:00 - 2:45
Performance Management
Lorraine Cutarm, Director, Personnel, Ermineskin First Nations
  • Aligning employee activities and achievement to organizational goals
  • Ongoing communication, feedback, dialogue and coaching
  • Organizational climate and culture
  • Preventing gossip that can have a toxic effect in the workplace
2:45 - 3:00        Networking Break
3:00 - 4:00
Managing Absenteeism
Carolyn M. Buffalo, Barrister and Solicitor, Policy Analyst and Corporate Counsel, Yellowhead Tribal Council
  • Understanding the actual cost of absenteeism
  • Legal costs associated with absenteeism
  • Impact on personnel policies and their enforcement
  • Effect of absenteeism in the workplace: secondary and tertiary costs
4:00        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 Organizations 2018, 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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