Baakaakonaanan Ishkwaandemonan | Employers Creating Inclusive Workplaces

Opening Doors For You

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THE PROJECT

The goal of the BI project is to recognize the efforts made by employers to create inclusive workplaces.

Baakaakonanen Ishkwandemonun (pronounced “bah-kah-ko-nah-nun shkwahn-deh-monun”) – Opening Doors for You focuses on identifying current best practices and promoting existing resources available for supporting the hiring of newcomers and Indigenous job seekers.

“The goal of the BI project is to recognize the efforts made by employers to create inclusive workplaces, and encourage employers to understand the value and benefit to hiring newcomers and Indigenous job seekers,” said Madge Richardson, Executive Director of North Superior Workforce Planning Board, Thunder Bay District’s Local Employment Planning Council. “At the end of the pilot period, the project has been introduced in other communities in the region.”

After the first six months, our project staff utilized social media, in person visits, and workshops to help employers identify and access the existing knowledge and supports they need to make inclusive hiring choices.

Baakaakonanen Ishkwaandemonun (BI) rewards employers for engaging with existing service providers and fostering an inclusive workplace. Employers that complete a certain number of tasks will receive recognition in the media and free advertising and promotion online plus they will be provided with a visual identifier for their business storefront window and/or website. The project highlights best practices and recognizes employer champions who have demonstrated their commitment to hiring newcomers and indigenous workers.

 

Who should participate?

Initially we had chosen to pilot the project in two rural communities, with physical outreach, challenging the employers in the City of Thunder Bay to take initiative and sign up for the program, theoretically testing physical outreach to grow a following versus an organic growth among city employers. The program has now been rolled out to any Employers in the District of Thunder Bay. If you are an Employer within the Local Employment Planning Council catchment area, please get in touch with Bob Graham at employeroutreach@nswpb.ca .

How long was the pilot?

The pilot ran over the course of four months.  The development of the project took time to put this together and we would like to thank our team for pushing hard to get this important project off the ground.  After the initial four months, we have been working with our local partners to carry the torch until the Ministry can issue its evaluation of the project.

What type of workshops will be available for employers?

We have been working with local businesses, chambers and municipalities to hold three workplace education and training sessions open to participants and other interested individuals. We are open to working with other partners to deliver other similar events.  If you have or know of someone who might be interested in co-hosting an event please let us know.

What is an Employer Champion?

An employer champion is an employer who has been identified by project staff as a leader in workforce diversity.  They are to be utilized as peer resources for employers looking for advice.  They are local advocates for the program as well as the first participating employers.  If you know of an employer you think should be profiled, please contact Bob Graham at employeroutreach@nswpb.ca
 

For a printable overview of the project, please click here.

Check out a Thunder Bay Multicultural Association video

PAST/UPCOMING

EVENTS

Making Connections 2017 – 1st National Sister Cities Forum on April 26, 2017, which promotes cross-cultural understanding, municipal and technical cooperation, and most importantly, economic development opportunities. http://www.thunderbay.ca/City_Government/Sister_Cities.htm

Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) – What does Reconciliation Mean to You? in Thunder Bay on April 12, 2017. The workshop traces the history of the TRC, looks at its Calls to Action, and asks participants, ‘What does Reconciliation mean to you?’ https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ilo-truth-reconciliation-commission-trc-what-does-reconciliation-mean-to-you-tickets-31596894161?aff=aff0eventful

Feminisms at Lakehead on April 7th, 2017. Former journalist Kathryn Young discusses the ‘old-boys-club’ mentality on Parliament Hill that sets the standard for workplaces across the country, advocating for federal leadership in advancing the discussions about consent and equity. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feminisms-tickets-32962205845

Community Energy Workshop for Northern & Northwestern Ontario First Nations on May 4th. First Nations leaders presenting on energy project experiences and lessons learned including renewable energy, employment & training opportunities and community energy planning. There will be several break-out sessions to discuss priority areas and key issues throughout the day, including informing the creation of a Knowledge-Sharing Network and tools for First Nations. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/community-energy-workshop-for-northern-northwestern-ontario-first-nations-registration-27155474756

Community Accessibility Forum on 14 June 2017. In 2017, Ontario will commemorate its 150th anniversary. The forums will highlight and celebrate how communities across Ontario have come together to be more accessible and inclusive. We look forward to hearing your stories. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/accessibility-forum-thunder-bay-tickets-31880908656?aff=es2

The Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize Event on September 13, 2017. The Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize challenged Ontarians aged eighteen and over to present their ideas in a short essay and/or video. The topic for Thunder Bay submissions is Reconciliation.https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lieutenant-governors-visionaries-prize-environmental-stewardship-prix-visionnaire-du-lieutenant-tickets-32586167103

Supplier Diversity on April 20, 2017 from 11 am – 12 pm: Hire Immigrants – Webinar – Supplier Diversity

Specialized Training Sessions will be ongoing with Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services – Specialized Training Sessions

The WALK A MILE Film Project will be ongoing with the City of Thunder Bay – Walk-A-Mile Film Project

Urban Aboriginal Youth Employment Conference : Ontario Native Women’s Association on March 23-24, 2017- Urban Aboriginal Youth Employment Conference

United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination held on March 22, 2017 by  Diversity Thunder Bay – The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Lateral Violence Awarness Workshop on March 9-10, 2017 by the Nokiiwin Tribal Council – Lateral Violence Awareness Workshop

Overcoming Hiring Bias-Strategies for Inclusive Recruitment held on March 9, 2017 regarding the hiring of Immigrants – Webinar: Overcoming Hiring Bias – Strategies for Inclusive Recruitment

Have a success story? Let us know.

Baakaakonaanan Ishkwaandemonan

Something To Think About

Information provided here is meant for discussion purposes only, and in no way reflects the views of Northern Policy Institute, North Superior Workforce Planning Board, the Local Employment Planning Council or other associated partners.
Baakaakonaanan Ishkwaandemonan is a project of the Local Employment Planning Council. The LEPC in Thunder Bay is a pilot project led by the North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB) with the support of Northern Policy Institute (NPI) as data and research partner. The LEPC uses community consultation, research, and evidence-based practices to spur innovation in workforce development in our region.
Information provided here is meant for discussion purposes only, and in no way reflects the views of Northern Policy Institute, North Superior Workforce Planning Board, the Local Employment Planning Council or other associated partners.
Thank you. Merci. Miigwetch.