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GNWT Implements Indigenous Employment Plans for Diversity

The GNWT has released Indigenous Employment Plans (IEP) outlining how all departments and agencies will increase Indigenous representation and leadership in the territory’s public service.

Guided by the Indigenous Recruitment and Retention Framework, IEPs include short, medium, and long-term goals and department-specific actions to increase, develop and maintain the number of Indigenous employees by:

· addressing bias, racism, and discrimination throughout the staffing process, resulting in improved cultural competency in the public service;

· encouraging and supporting Indigenous people to join and stay with the public service by fostering a culturally inclusive workplace that addresses bias, racism and discrimination, and that is free of harassment; and

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· improving retention of Indigenous employees through professional development and career progression.

The Indigenous Recruitment and Retention Framework and Action Plan empowers departments to recognize the importance of Indigenous perspectives within their policies, programs, and services by developing business practices that include recruitment and retention strategies and providing the tools to develop detailed implementation plans.

Indigenous Employment Plans for all GNWT departments and agencies are publicly available on the Department of Finance website.

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