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BC Hydro aboriginal employment strategy a big success – Beacon News

Jeannie Cranmer gets very excited talking about her job – and she should. She’s responsible for BC Hydro hiring 300 First Nations workers, as the crown corporation reaches out to aboriginal peoples.

I shared a table with Cranmer at the recent Aboriginal Opportunities Forum hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade. She’s part of an impressive generation of BC First Nations women – like former Twassen Chief Kim Baird and Jody Wilson-Raybould, Regional Chief, BC Assembly of First Nations who both presented at the forum – who are putting their shoulder to the wheel and effecting positive change in the workplace and in their communities.

The Aboriginal Education and Employment Strategy was set up eight years ago as part of BC Hydro’s plan to diversify its workforce. According to Cranmer, the goal was to ensure BC Hydro employed roughly the same percentage of aboriginal people as there were in the provincial population.

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