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

Human Resources Management for Indigenous and Northern Organizations

Optimizing Your Organization's Human Capital and Meeting Legal Obligations

December 4, 5 and 6, 2018  ·  Whitehorse, Yukon
Agenda: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Today's Faculty
Allan Nixon, President, The Borealis Group


7:30 - 8:30        Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Opening Remarks from the Chair
8:40 - 9:40
9:40 - 10:40
Leading the Advancement of Information Technology for Indigenous Organizations
  • Improve performance while reducing costs
  • Learn how to work towards equitable access to technology
  • Insights into how online softwares can help reduce costs
  • Tools to advance sovereignty in the digital age
  • Strategies to increase competitiveness in the technology and innovation sector
10:40 - 11:00        Networking Break
11:00 - 12:00
Leadership in a Complex and Changing Environment
Allan Nixon, President, The Borealis Group
  • Public/Private Sector similarities and differences
  • The business of service delivery
  • Building a high performing team
  • Employee engagement
  • Innovation
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:00
Enhancing Capacity Building and Policy Developmente
  • Understand Indigenous workforce retention issues in areas such as: training, working environment and management
  • 5 practical tools to increasing learning and training funds
  • Learn how to craft a great story about your policy idea, influence decision makers and implement it
  • Identify actions and approaches required to sustain your workforce and economy
  • Explore how a strategic plan can guide your progress
2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
2:15 - 3:15
Employment Issues and Considerations for Indigenous Organizations
  • Learn how to break down barriers to advance an Indigenous labour force in Canada
  • Explore new forms of organization and key elements of modern technology
  • Insights into how to undertake a needs analysis to determine future staffing requirements
  • Understand the essentials of recruitment plans, job descriptions, compensation, mentoring and succession planning
  • Practical tools to establishing a mentorship program using a value-based model
3:15 - 4:15
Initiating Difficult Conversations to Deal with Lateral Violence
  • Challenges and barriers to effective conversations
  • Learn how to deal with strong emotions in the workplace
  • Lateral violence: what does this mean?
  • Discover the impact on Indigenous organizations
  • Practical tools to prevent and reduce lateral violence
4:15        End of Day Three



As a leader responsible for human resources, you play an essential role in your organization. You are required to develop and implement personnel policies, keep abreast of evolving laws and regulations, and champion a healthy, happy, and respectful workplace.

INFONEX's three-day Human Resources Management for Indigenous and Northern Organizations course taking place December 4-6, 2018, in Whitehorse, will provide you with a mixture of learning opportunities and advance your knowledge in employment law, staff development, how to do employee evaluations, instill a team culture, and prevent bullying in the workplace.

Attend this conference and hear HR practitioners share their success stories of improving human resources policy, employee wellness, skills capacity development, and preventing bullying, at their respective organizations. Discuss approaches to managing employees and social media. Learn about how one employer aligns their policy with the community culture. Get a toolkit for how to influence people, which will help you instill a team approach to meeting your human resources objectives. Hear how the youth movement can help you attract and retain talent for your organization.

Human Resources Management for First Nations Governments will allow you to benefit from the thought-provoking discussions, need-to-know regulatory updates, and practical tool kits covering the full scope of human resource management at First Nations organizations. We hope to see you there.

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