For the fourth year in a row, AMIK Inc. is holding its National Indigenous Hiring Week (NIHW), encouraging businesses to look at an untapped workforce and talent stream. This year, from June 11-15, Indigenous job seekers can sign up for virtual employability sessions, gain access to workplace tours, advice and job opportunities at companies such as Johnston Group, Assiniboine Credit Union and Payworks.
“AMIK’s commitment to Call to Action #92 drives us to innovate new approaches for Indigenous recruitment through meaningful partnerships that create exciting economic opportunities for Indigenous job seekers across the country in a variety of different fields. New for 2021, AMIK and our partners are combining practical pre-employment sessions and workplace tours, bringing everyone one step closer to reconciliation and a more inclusive workforce," says Sherman Kong, Business Development & Industry Engagement Manager with AMIK.
In previous years, AMIK’s NIHW has seen a diverse range of employer participation, ranging from government, mining, energy, banking and rail. With nearly 20 different employers signing up for NIHW over the years, it has seen a noticeable uptick in interest and Indigenous hiring in general across different sectors. People can sign up for virtual sessions through Eventbrite.
The company offers a number of services including recruitment and retention and cultural sensitivity training for companies. It is responsible for creating Canada’s first Indigenous job board in 2006. Over the years, it has helped to build strong relationships and workforces for companies such as Canada Life, Johnston Group, Air Canada, PCL, Assiniboine Credit Union and CN Rail.
“In some cases, our hiring initiatives have produced enough Indigenous inclusion to mirror the provincial Indigenous population,” adds Kong.
Amik has also put together resources for businesses who are looking to improve relations with Indigenous communities, hire a more diverse workforce or play a bigger role in the area of reconciliation and implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to action.
In 2015, AMIK partnered with Canada Life to create employment opportunities for Indigenous people but also a video series to help companies looking to engage the Indigenous community in a mutually respective manner. The videos give guidance to employers on where to start and help companies prepare for success when hiring more Indigenous employees in the workplace.
“We hope employers use this month to celebrate not only Indigenous people but also the tremendous value they bring to Canada’s economy. Moreover, it provides employers with another opportunity to start or reaffirm their commitment to reconciliation and Call to Action #92,” adds Kong.
Businesses and potential participants can find out more information about NIHW and other services at amik.ca