Supporting Indigenous Employees to Thrive
Equality for all requires thoughtful engagement with Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. Given the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, employers are encouraged to renew relationships with Indigenous peoples for the betterment of Canadian society and our economy.
Engagement and inclusion for Indigenous peoples begins with a deeper understanding of these diverse groups. For non-Indigenous employers, it often relies on strong ongoing partnerships with Indigenous organizations and allies who can support the organization in building and running a workplace where Indigenous employees can thrive.
Each of British Columbia’s 198 Nations has a unique set of customs and traditions. It is important to remain curious and open to the different needs of your Indigenous employees. Given the diversity within this designated group, you should ask your employees about their way of life and the support they need in the workplace. Areas where they might have different expectations or customs with the potential to impact their work could include their broader concept of family or the need for additional bereavement leave around funerals.
Creating a culture of partnership, collaboration, and listening will lay the foundations for successful employment outcomes.