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Companies challenged by labour shortage seek to recruit, retain Indigenous workers – Financial Post

Apr 03, 2023

CALGARY — A growing number of Canadian corporations are pursuing cultural awareness training in order to get better at recruiting and retaining Indigenous employees.

From educating management and staff about the history of residential schools to adjusting HR policies to reflect Indigenous lifestyles and world views, companies across the country are making efforts to create workplaces that Indigenous people can feel comfortable in.

“There really has been a very big shift, and most corporations are making it,” said Leanne Hall, CEO of Creative Fire, an Indigenous-owned professional services firm specializing in Indigenous engagement.

“Companies are looking to create ways for Indigenous people to be successful in their corporations.”

Hall is co-chair of Workforce Forward, a one-day conference for business leaders and human resource specialists seeking ways to foster a culture of belonging for Indigenous talent first held in Calgary in 2019

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