In Saskatchewan, support for an Aboriginal workplace strategy has grown to become integral part of the broader labour movement.
“What we’re after is parity with the mainstream – that’s the ultimate goal,” says Chris Belhumeur, a policy analyst with the Government of Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal employment development program.
“It’s not about the numbers anymore… it’s about preparing the workplace to be truly inclusive of Aboriginal people.”
Today, there are a total of 72 partnerships in Saskatchewan between employers, business organizations and Aboriginal communities – all working towards this common goal. Unions are also helping to build commitment to an Aboriginal workforce strategy by communicating with members as well as getting feedback and recommendations.
By creating friendly, welcoming and culturally-diverse workplaces, these partnerships hope to promote a lasting strategy that will increase Aboriginal representation throughout the province.