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Monday, January 24 • 14:15 - 15:15
What Good Workforce Development Looks Like in Indigenous Communities

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Workforce development programs done well have the potential to advance the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Call to Action #7: “to eliminate educational and employment gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.” Moreover, as the fastest-growing and youngest population in Canada, Indigenous Peoples and their participation in the workforce can have a major impact on the country’s economy, including addressing labour shortages. This session will focus on what workforce development means to Indigenous communities, with particular attention to the cultural and social lens. It will highlight examples of successful programs as well as lessons learned.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Beyond vocational training and/or job placement, what are the policies and strategies to enable the short- and long-term development of the Indigenous workforce
  • Best practices for building partnerships among Indigenous communities and employers, service providers, governments and other funders in design/delivery of workforce development programs
  • Addressing the biggest current barriers to the workforce participation of Indigenous peoples – skills and experience gaps, and historic and systemic discrimination

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Kelly Lendsay

President & CEO, Indigenous Works
Kelly Lendsay is a entrepreneur who is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s foremost innovators and organizational development experts in workplace inclusion systems, models and corporate/Indigenous partnerships. His dynamic communications style and passion for innovation... Read More →
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John DeGiacomo

Executive Director, Anishinabek Employment and Training Services
Over 30 years of management experience in the education and training sector, has served John DeGiacomo well for career development work with jobseekers and employers in the private and public and not for profit sector.
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Patricia Baxter

Patrica Baxter specializes in organizational development, facilitation and training with Indigenous people across Canada. Her efforts include major facilitations at national forums and roundtables, working on women’s issues, in the areas of economic development as well participating... Read More →

Monday January 24, 2022 14:15 - 15:15 EST