Identifying Existing Gaps - Provincial Engagement Session

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MYBC News Release 4/12/2017 (Surrey, BC) - On Friday March 23, 2017, Métis Nation British Columbia’s Ministry of Youth hosted a Provincial engagement session in Richmond, BC to review the findings of the “Identifying Existing Gaps” research. This research, conducted in the Fall of 2016, gathered the labour market experiences of over eight hundred (800+) Metis people and analyzed the Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Strategies of a number of B.C. businesses to determine how inclusive these strategies were for Métis people.

Sasha Hobbs, a human resource specialist, led nearly one hundred (100) Métis leaders, Elders, community members, and business community representatives in a solution-oriented process to address the “gaps” identified during this research. In doing so, individuals were split into four (4) focus groups to discuss solutions around recruitment, inclusion and retention within the workplace, and education & training opportunities.  The end result of the focus groups was that four (4) actions items were identified and agreed upon.

The Ministry of Youth is currently working to capture all of the issues and insights discussed at the session and put them in to a report. Once completed, this report will be shared with Métis Chartered Communities, the Government, and businesses in order to action the solutions provided at the session. This will ultimately help create Métis employment opportunities that are both culturally safe for and inclusive of the Métis people of British Columbia. 

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For More Information on the Provincial Engagement Session please log on to the MYBC Web Portal.

Tracey Thornhill

Executive Assistant and Communications Officer

Métis Nation British Columbia