July 12, 2018

The work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and debates around the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls highlight the importance of rethinking the ways in which non-Indigenous Canadians engage with Indigenous peoples across the country. In this session, expert panelists will discuss how the workplace and related dispute resolution processes can be adapted to respect Indigenous practices and build trusting relationships.

  • How can workplace parties ensure that values and norms of Indigenous communities and persons are respected in the workplace and in dispute resolution processes? How can employers and unions create a climate of respect?
  • What can unions learn in better representing Indigenous persons?
  • What are some Indigenous spiritual practices/beliefs that may require workplace accommodation?
  • What is the meaning/significance of Indigenous elements that might be incorporated into non-Indigenous dispute resolution processes, such as sitting in circle and opening with prayer? What is the most respectful way of incorporating these elements?
  • What steps should be taken to find the space and place for the voices of Indigenous women?