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Indigenous spotlight: A trauma-informed approach to Truth and Reconciliation – Human Resources Director

17 Oct 2023

‘Unfortunately, discrimination of Indigenous Peoples in Canada is not new,’ says lawyer

Two in five Indigenous employees in Canada report having experienced discrimination at work, according to data from the Diversity Institute. What’s more, for First Nation individuals, that number rises to 47%.

And as much as Canadian employers and organizations claim to want to help, how far are their efforts genuine? Or, more importantly, what can leaders do today to ensure their initiatives hit the mark and don’t come across as ‘paying lip service’?

It all begins with being trauma informed, according to Carrie Lamb, Indigenous recruitment and retention lead at Fraser Health Authority and expert in Indigenous relations.

“Being trauma informed means having an understanding of the impact of trauma and how it affects individuals who’ve experienced traumatic events,” she tells HRD. “Being trauma informed creates an understanding of how someone who carries trauma in their life experiences may behave when triggered. This awareness creates safety on how to support those who carry trauma experiences.”

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