Current Focus

 

TRC92: Youth Employment

TRC92: Youth Employment incorporates three strategies, informed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action #92:

  • Workplace Education: Educating management and staff of companies about Indigenous history, including the history and legacy of residential schools, anti-racism and cultural safety
  • Workplace Transformation: Translation and integration of learning into a workplace context, as well as business-to-business sharing of experiences
  • Transition to Employment: Access to jobs, training, and education opportunities for Indigenous youth aged 18-29 in culturally safe workplaces

Employer Consortium

Originally comprised of twelve private-sector employers and led by Dave Angus (former co-chair of the WPRC, former CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, current President of Johnston Group), the Employer Consortium began meeting meets regularly to learn together and share experiences and collaboratively problem-solve barriers. Today, more than 30 companies are involved in the Employer Consortium, making progress on what Dave Angus described as “a journey toward truth and reconciliation incorporating business-to-business learning.”

 

Employer Consortium members in a learning session, with Kevin Lamoureux at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

WPRC has built relationships with community organizations that are doing the work of training Indigenous youth for jobs. Connecting the Employer Consortium to these organizations not only gives them access to job seekers, but also provides valuable learning about the important work going on in the community, and what youth are looking for and the challenges they face.

Employer Consortium members meet with leaders of community organizations.

Employers in a conversation circle with participants at BUILD (Building Urban Industries through Local Development).

Using a Collective Impact approach, TRC92: Youth Employment is intended as a learning experience; an opportunity to move forward on the three strategies in a step-by-step iterative manner, building on what we’re learning as we go. Engaging private-sector employers and community partners in this way is an innovative approach which will inform opportunities to scale up Indigenous employment into the future.