The Government of the Northwest Territories, Canada
Diversity and Inclusion unit at The Government of the Northwest Territories, Canada:
Current Diversity and Inclusion initiatives include:
- the Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Awareness Module, an online program to help employees become more knowledgeable and aware of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, find the tools to build a more inclusive workplace, and help to create an inclusive workplace for all employees.
- the GNWT Advisory Committee on Employability, which provides advice on ways to promote inclusion and increase workforce representation of persons with disabilities;
- the Indigenous Employee Advisory Committee, which provides strategic advice to the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) on strategies and approaches to attracting, recruiting, advancing and retaining Indigenous employees within the GNWT; and
- Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training, which provides information and context for NWT communities and regions and the residents we serve. Although the training is intended for GNWT employees, it is available publicly for anyone who would like to increase their awareness and understanding of NWT Indigenous cultures.
- Indigenous Management Development and Training Program, which supports the professional development of Indigenous Aboriginal employees within the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) by providing the necessary skills training and/or work experience for career advancement.
- Indigenous Career Gateway Program, which supports the career objectives of NWT residents who are designated Indigenous Aboriginal Persons, under the GNWT Affirmative Action Policy, who are interested in a career with the territorial government.
- Regional Recruitment Program, which provides a link between vacant positions and local northern residents through on the job training.
- In-person LGBTQ2S+ Inclusive Workplace Awareness Training to provide employees with the necessary knowledge and tools to recognize key terms associated with the the LGBTQ2S+ community, identify and apply respectful behaviour and to support co-workers and clients within the LGBTQ2S+ community.
The Government of the Northwest Territories Indigenous Career Gateway Program
What is the Indigenous Career Gateway Program?
Indigenous Career Gateway Program targets Indigenous Aboriginal candidates for entry-level and trainee opportunities with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).
Through this program, GNWT departments, boards and agencies have access to additional financial support to establish employment opportunities for Indigenous Aboriginal residents of the NWT:
- Entry-level positions: Where candidates meet the qualifications of the position, the Department will be provided with a prorated payment of $40,000 per year to be put towards the employee’s salary and or training needs
- Trainee positions: Where candidates do not meet the qualifications of the position, they will be hired under the trainee MOU and their rate of pay will be based on a percentage of step one under the training program. The Department will be provided with a prorated payment of $40, 000 per year up to a maximum of two years. The Department will provide their Client Service Representative with a comprehensive training plan as outlined in the MOU. The funding provided to the Department will be put towards the trainer allowance ($6000 a year), direct training costs outlined in the training plan and the employee’s salary.
What is the Indigenous Employee’s Advisory Committee?
The Indigenous Employee’s Advisory Committee (IEAC) provides strategic advice to the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) on strategies and approaches to attracting, recruiting, advancing and retaining Indigenous employees within the GNWT.
Established in 2009, the purpose of IEAC is to:
- Increase the representation of Indigenous Aboriginal people at all levels in the Public Service; and to,
- Create a working environment that supports and promotes Indigenous Aboriginal people in the GNWT workforce.