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

Human Resource Management for Indigenous Communities

September 17, 18 and 19, 2019  ·  Vancouver, British Columbia
Day Three Program Agenda: Thursday, September 19, 2018
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Christine Willow, Partner, Chemistry Consulting Group / GT Hiring Solutions Inc.
9:10 - 10:00
Human Resource Capacity Tools for First Nations
Celeste Haldane, Chief Commissioner, British Columbia Treaty Commission
  • Why undertake HR Capacity Planning
  • Good governance and cultural relevance
  • The importance of a participatory approach
  • Conditions for successful planning
  • Support from Leadership
  • Financial and HR planning
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:15
Training and Development - Needs & Jobs Analysis in Saskatchewan
Michelle Amyotte-Kupusa, Director, Human Resources, FHQ Developments, SK
Thomas Benjoe, CEO, FHQ Developments, SK
  • Developing long-term economic independence
  • Investing in profitable business ventures
  • Advancing community economic development
  • Remaining consistent with First Nation’s Values
11:15 - 12:15
Your Duty to Accommodate - Best Practices
Diana Hamilton, Human Resources Manager, Kwikwetlem First Nation
Mitchell Couling, Woodward & Company LLP
  • Dealing with mental health, conduct and substance abuse issues with your staff
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Child Welfare Agencies & HR Governance
Vickie Whitehead, Director, Aboriginal Client Services, Public Sector, Human Capital, Deloitte
  • Using the Medicine Wheel as a governance and analytical tool in HR Management
  • Examining the social structure framework from this perspective
  • Understanding the importance of spirituality important to healing
  • Guiding the social worker / HR Manager to holistic, balanced practice
  • Encouraging healthy identity development
  • Analyzing the various roles of, and form action plans for, social work practice
2:15 - 3:15
Building Healthcare Capacity for First Nations Through HR Management
  • New programs and initiatives to build front line health care for Indigenous communities
3:15 - 3:30        Networking Break
3:30 - 4:30
Supporting Apprentices within Indigenous Communities
Shannon Hanson, Career Development Practitioners, BC Industry Training Authority
Cara Lenoir, Industry Relations Advisor, BC Industry Training Authority
  • The benefits of apprenticeship training in First Nation communities
  • Understand how the trades training system works
  • Aligning trades training opportunities with economic development
  • Applying the community-based training model
  • Collaborating with partners to train your local workforce
4:30        End of Day Three



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 Communities, 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.

Telephone: 1.800.474.4829  |   360 Bay Street, Suite 900, Toronto, ON  M5H 2V6   |   Fax: 1.800.558.6520  |  Contact Us
© 2000-2018 INFONEX Inc.