Agenda

Day One: Tuesday, September 13, 2022

10:45 EDT ( 07:45 PDT )

60 min
Angela Wesley

Achieving Great Leadership: What this Means for Indigenous Organizations

Angela Wesley, Commissioner, BC Treaty Commission

  • Develop skills, knowledge and attitudes that foster good working relationships
  • Identify differences between Indigenous worldviews and your own
  • Explore how different worldviews affect leadership decisions
  • Recognize Indigenous leadership structure within communities
  • Understand the benefits of working with Indigenous communities

12:45 EDT ( 09:45 PDT )

30 min

Break

13:15 EDT ( 10:15 PDT )

60 min
Jackson Dionne

The 4 R’s of Recovery

Jackson Dionne, Executive Director, Indigenous Wellness & Training Society

Welcome to the Indigenous Wellness & Training Society organization.  In this introduction to our organization we would like to share the reason we believe recovery is so important to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.  We help individuals with mental health issues and seniors support.  Providing services like this especially at this time makes our organization vital to the health and well-being of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

In this introductory talk we will discuss our overall philosophy and provide our thoughts on the reasons why “Recovery” needs to be our number one priority for all Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

15:15 EDT ( 12:15 PDT )

60 min

Developing Partnerships to Strengthen Human Resource Capacity

  • Improve hiring processes
  • Utilize HR softwares
  • Tips and techniques to adapting and thriving in a fast changing environment
  • Manage corporate governance and ethical issues
  • Engage stakeholders on capacity developments

Day Two: Wednesday, September 14, 2022

10:45 EDT ( 07:45 PDT )

60 min
Amanda Kilabuk

Supporting Mental Wellness in the Workplace

Amanda Kilabuk, Executive Director, Tungasuvvingat Inuit

  • Hard work and heart work
  • Working through vicarious trauma
  • It’s NOT as Easy as 1-2-3
    • Fixing the stigma of mental wellness is a long road and not a “1-2-3 policy manual”
    • “Actual” HR conversations vs perceived HR conversations in an Indigenous org
  • Getting comfortable being uncomfortable

12:45 EDT ( 09:45 PDT )

30 min

Break

14:15 EDT ( 11:15 PDT )

60 min

Creating a Supportive Environment in the Workplace

  • Support Indigenous employees body, mind, spirit and emotion through working with Elders
  • Respect alternative ways of knowing
  • Create a positive working environment for Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff
  • Bust common myths and misconceptions about Indigenous peoples, creating a safe work environment
  • Deliver on actions identified through consensus decision making

15:15 EDT ( 12:15 PDT )

60 min

Compassionate Leadership & Succession Planning Through an Indigenous Lens

Clark-Marlow Karen, Director, Human Resources, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Government

  • Understand the role Elders play in succession planning
  • Ensure policies are updated
  • Identify successors with external pathways to obtain skills-training
  • Develop a strategic direction of your organization
  • Implement compassionate systems of leadership i.e. seeing the interconnectedness of people

Legal Human Resource Issues: Thursday, September 15, 2022

12:30 EDT ( 09:30 PDT )

45 min

Break

13:15 EDT ( 10:15 PDT )

60 min

Accommodating Indigenous Legal Traditions and Customary Laws

  • Combine knowledge and experience of Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders
  • Create a dialogue on the correct place of Indigenous legal traditions within a Canadian jurisdictional framework
  • Understand the importance of collaboration and partnerships
  • Consider practices and customs of local communities
  • Develop an understanding for accommodating Indigenous legal traditions alongside common law traditions

14:15 EDT ( 11:15 PDT )

60 min

Ensuring Pay Equity & HR Consistency for First Nations

  • Modernize job evaluation and compensation processes
  • Attract and retain talent
  • Understand the importance of stakeholder engagement
  • Create a relationship that can achieve a trusted partner role
  • Review policies and procedures

15:15 EDT ( 12:15 PDT )

60 min
Jennifer Wiegele

Effective Employment Policies in the First Nations Context

Jennifer Wiegele, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

  • Employment policy toolkit
  • Preparing effective policies for your workplace
  • Ensuring policies reflect cultural and social values of the workplace
  • Addressing unique issues in Indigenous workplaces
  • Implementing and enforcing policies
  • Identifying culpable misconduct and acting on it
  • Understanding the difference between culpable/non-culpable misconduct and addressing both appropriately

16:15 EDT ( 13:15 PDT )

60 min

First Nations Labor Relations: Federal or Provincial Jurisdiction?

  • Consider employment issues using both statues
  • Understand the importance of jurisdiction
  • Explore exceptions
  • Understand Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
  • Hear case studies on contemporary legal issues