ABORIGINAL HR NARRATOR                        Français   Spring 2011 | Issue # 08 
 Presidents Message

Jose Kusugak, recently deceased at the age of 60, was a man who literally changed the map of Canada. Among his many great accomplishments, Jose was a pioneer of Aboriginal inclusion and it was his vision of an Inuit land that became the foundation of our country’s newest territory – Nunavut. As a council, we were blessed to have Jose as one of our Champions. His famous words – first Canadians, Canadians first – resounded with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Peoples, helping to raise the Inuit identity to a new level of national consciousness.  More

Hands Up, Not Hands Out: The Alberta Government’s Approach to Aboriginal Procurement

Unlike the federal government, the government of Alberta does not have an Aboriginal procurement policy. However, that isn’t to say that it doesn’t have a plan. Instead of a legislative approach to “buying Aboriginal,” the government has opted to create capacity in Aboriginal communities that helps to develop business skills which, in turn, help Aboriginal businesses competitively market their offerings. It’s an innovative approach that creates and prepares Aboriginal companies and may pay off with a greater abundance of long-term benefits.  More

My Story – Gabrielle Scrimshaw
By the age of 22, Gabrielle Scrimshaw had studied international business and travelled to 18 countries spanning five continents. As the first in her family to earn a university degree, Gabrielle is a YIP – a Young Indigenous Professional with remarkable ambition. Recently, she was recruited as the Royal Bank of Canada’s first ever undergraduate associate in the organization’s Graduate Leadership program. Read on for more of her story, told in her own words. More
Encouraging Aboriginal Procurement: An Industry Success Story

Build it and they will come. This famous line is certainly ringing true for the new Conklin, Alberta, Local Opportunities Centre (LOC). Opened in September 2009 by Statoil Canada Ltd., the Conklin LOC has developed into an important resource centre for surrounding communities. Even before any signs were installed, visits ranged anywhere from a few people to more than 30 per day during the peak winter drilling season. Today, the centre is a busy resource hub for those looking for work as well as those wanting to create it.  More

Taking Care of Business: The Aboriginal Procurement Advantage

In today’s economy, socially-responsible businesses look for competitive advantages that make good financial sense and help create prosperity for disenfranchised groups. Those businesses are finding it through Aboriginal procurement. Canada’s estimated 34,000 Aboriginal companies are open for business and ready to provide the goods and services Canada needs to create jobs and prosperity for all. Learn how the council’s new procurement training programs will allow your business to get this same advantage.  More

Building Procurement Skills: Ft. McKay’s Aboriginal Business Incubator
There’s nothing quite as rewarding or stressful as owning your own business and, while many great business ideas simply don’t make it to the marketplace, others are wildly successful. Is it luck, good timing or the savvy skills of a business entrepreneur? Read on to find out what plays the most important role in ensuring Aboriginal businesses become successful commercial enterprises that other companies want to do business with.  More
Calendar of Events

Aboriginal Procurement Public Workshops
We are currently reviewing the demand to host public Aboriginal procurement workshops in various locations across Canada. Please click here to send us an email with your registration and location requests

May 3 - 5, 2011
Le Centre Sheraton, 1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West, Montreal, QC
Inclusion Works ‘11
Canada’s Biggest Indigenous Inclusion Event and Recruitment Fair…

May 25 - 26, 2011
Toronto, ON
Guiding Circles 1 Workshop
Facilitator Training for Guiding Circles 1: Understanding Yourself

June 7, 2011
Toronto, ON
Mastering Aboriginal Inclusion Workshop
Professional management training

Click here for complete event listings.


Mastering Aboriginal Inclusion Management Training

Aboriginal Procurement Training

Inclusion Network Online Job Site

Guiding Circles Career Development Training


 Leadership in Indigenous Workplace Inclusion