ABORIGINAL HR NARRATOR                        Français   February 2009 | Issue # 01 
 Friends of Change
(A message from the council’s president.)

History has shown that change is the one constant of our world and, while it’s true that nothing remains the same, for the person living without hope, change can be agonizingly slow.  Tragically, in many cases, it takes longer than their lifetime to occur.  More  
 Newsletter Intro

Welcome to the first edition of the Aboriginal HR Narrator!  We’ve listened to the wishes of our readers and, in response, our new e-newsletter is designed to meet your needs in an environmentally-friendly and easy to use electronic format.

Delivered by email into your inbox every three months (February, May, August and November), each issue of the Aboriginal HR Narrator will offer news items, program updates, partnership success stories, interesting statistics as well the success stories of individual Aboriginal people and articles written by Aboriginal students and workers/entrepreneurs in their own words.  More

Riding the Trade Winds to Success

With a motto of “gain, train and retain,” Trade Winds to Success is a dedicated Aboriginal pre-apprenticeship training program designed to dramatically increase the number of apprentices in eight critical trade categories. More

My Story: Pauline Mackenzie

As a Dene First Nations member, Pauline Mackenzie made the surprising decision to move away from an unfulfilling lifestyle to become an apprentice pipefitter.  Read about her amazing journey in her own words. More

Crystal Kosa: On Top, Down Under
In August 2008, Crystal Kosa, national director of corporate training and inclusion strategies for the council, delivered a presentation to the National Employment Services Association (NESA) Working Communities: International Congress conference in Australia on the council’s efforts to increase Aboriginal inclusion.  Here is an excerpt from her presentation to the conference’s international audience:  More
Program/Event Snapshots
Inclusion Works ’09, Canada’s first-of-its-kind and biggest Aboriginal employment event of the year, takes place April 6-8, 2009 in Vancouver, BC.  Inclusion Works ’09 promises to be a must attend annual event.  Be delighted by Canadian icon Rick Mercer and keynote presentations delivered by David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber, a national Aboriginal leadership panel, Jack Poole, board chair of the Vancouver Olympic Committee and more.  Get involved in the recruitment fair and be one of the lucky employers to interview Canada’s top post-secondary students and grads.
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Did You Know?
Today, more First Nations people live off-reserve than on-reserve.  Statistics Canada estimates that 40 per cent live on-reserve while 60 per cent live off-reserve.  Of those living off-reserve, 75 per cent live in urban areas.  First Nations people are also more mobile than the non-Aboriginal population. 

Calendar of Events

Feb. 24-25, 2009, Toronto, ON
Mastering Aboriginal Inclusion Workshop

March 2-3, 2009, Iqaluit, NU
Workforce Connex

April 6-8, 2009, Vancouver, BC
Inclusion Works ‘09

May 13-14, 2009, Toronto, ON
Workforce Connex

March 16-17, 2009, Winnipeg, MB
Guiding Circles 2 Workshop

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