Aboriginal Relations

Many companies around the globe regard corporate social responsibility (CSR) as part of daily business. CSR means that a business does more for
the wellbeing of others than it is required to do in a purely economic or legal sense. In the case of HR-based CSR, its a long-term commitment with several benefits, including higher productivity and motivation from workers.  An increasingly important part of this discussion is a commitment to hiring First Nation, Metis and Inuit talent.

It makes good business sense to hire Aboriginal talent. Employers in all sectors are seeing a clear business case for including Aboriginal talent and other underrepresented groups in their ranks.  With an increasingly more educated Aboriginal population that is growing at six times the rest of the Canadian population, the Aboriginal workforce is a natural source for new talent.

When looking for Aboriginal candidates, get to know what resources are available to help you find qualified Aboriginal talent whether its through an Aboriginal employment centre, a call to a band council office or talk to us.

As part of your organization’s Aboriginal employment strategy, it’s important to understand the diverse backgrounds of Aboriginal people. Gain a greater understanding about some of the potential barriers to recruiting and retaining Aboriginal employees.  The more informed you are about the people you are hoping to hire, the better hiring decisions you will make.  If you’re looking to hire the best candidate, it is important that your organizational goals and cultural fit are aligned to your recruiting goals.

If your organization would like to learn more about recruiting and retaining First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples, please contact us. By promoting a more inclusive and diverse workplace, your organization can benefit from more creative, flexible and innovative solutions. Setting your organization apart with an effective corporate social responsibility program as part of the human resource strategy can aid to better recruitment and retention of Aboriginal talent.




  • In 1884, the Indian Advancement Act of 1884 banned Indian ceremonies such as the potlatch or sundance ceremonies.  They are being reclaimed today.
  • Status Indians were not allowed to vote until 1961.
  • “Many aboriginal communities seek to attain self-governance.  In collaboration with its treaty partners, Canada has completed 18 comprehensive self-government agreements involving 32 communities and another establishing a public government in Nunavut.”   < >

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