Youth Recruitment and Retention

 The Youth Recruitment and Retention initiative is part of the anpBC Strategy to support the Aboriginal non-profit (ANP) workforce in BC.

Recruiting and retaining young people is crucial to the long-term health and sustainability of an organization. Young people bring unique skills, important perspectives, and are currently the largest generation in the workforce. In order to tap into the potential that this generation offers, it is important that organizations pay special attention to youth recruitment and retention strategies. This can mean using language that young people will relate to and choosing media that will reach them, or finding ways to ensure that young people are supported and have opportunities for growth while working in the organization.

The Youth Recruitment and Retention Tools found below empower ANP agencies to meet attract young people to their organizations in an effective way. Practical information, suggested activities, and advice can be found in the Youth Recruitment and Retention Handbook. A series of downloadable posters are available to help agencies self-assess their youth recruitment and retention strategies and promote the importance of youth recruitment and retention in their organizations. A poster template is available for organizations that prefer to design customized posters.
And, finally, in a short video, you can hear from youth working in the ANP sector about what attracts them to their jobs.


Promoting Indigenous Youth Recuritment and Retention in Aboriginal Non-Profit Organizations

A handbook with information and tips for attracting and retaining youth employees.

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Mentorship and Elder Guidance

The Mentorship and Elder Guidance initiative is part of the anpBC Strategy to support Aboriginal non-profit (ANP) workforce in BC. Mentoring is an age-old practice in Aboriginal communities to guide, teach, and nurture individuals to achieve their fullest potential. At its core, mentoring is a relationship based learning with a trusted advisor. Elder guidance is traditionally the role of someone who carries the knowledge and wisdom passed down through generations.

Mentoring and Elder guidance are key approaches to building capacity and strengthening ANP organizations. Traditionally, Indigenous communities gained knowledge and skills through guidance from experienced family and community members. This form of hands-on learning and passing on the wisdom of Elders in the workplace is a key resource for building professional skills amongst new staff and nurturing the full potential of employees of all ages.

The Mentorship and Elder Guidance Tools were designed to help ANP agencies to create their own mentorship programs. The Mentorship and Elder Guidance Handbook and the Mentoring Toolbook contain information and advice about how to develop and implement a program, as well as a list of useful resources. There are also posters that can be used to promote Mentorship and Elder Guidance programs in your organization, as well as a poster template for organizations that prefer to design their own promotional material. In a short video, you can hear from different ANP agencies about their approaches to mentorship and Elder guidance in their organizations.


Below are booklets that provide information and advice about how to develop and implement a mentorship program. Click on the booklet image to download.

Pathways: Mentorship and Elder Guidance in Aboriginal Non-Profit Organizations.
Mentoring Tools

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Culture and Wellness in the Workplace

The Culture and Wellness initiative is part of the anpBC Strategy to support the workforce of Aboriginal non-profit (ANP) organizations in BC.

Incorporating culture and wellness in the workplace is a win-win for employees and employers. In a recent survey of workers in the ANP sector, 88% said they were more likely to stay at an organization that incorporates culture. And research suggests that focusing on wellness increases employee productivity.

Before colonialism, culture and wellness were woven into the fabric of Indigenous life, including work life. But today, bringing those elements into the Aboriginal workplace requires a special effort.

The Culture and Wellness Tools were developed to support ANP employers and employees in making that effort. The Culture and Wellness Guidebook provides sample policies and practices for improving culture and wellness in ANP organizations. The Tools also include posters to promote workplace programs, and a Culture and Wellness card deck containing activities and affirmations.


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Culture and Wellness Card Deck
Culture and Wellness in the Workplace Guidebook

First Nations Technology Council

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The First Nations Technology Council was mandated in 2002 to ensure that all 203 First Nations communities in BC have access to the Internet and the capacity to utilize digital technologies to the fullest potential.

The Technology Council has worked in partnership with over 150 First Nations communities in BC to deliver onsite technology related training. Through this, they have gained critical insight into the need for improved connectivity, a sustainable approach to infrastructure and the need to build digital skills capacity.


Connecting First Nations Communities in the Circle

A willingness to do the heavy lifting – that’s how Denise Williams, Executive Director of the First Nations Technology Council, describes one of the most important aspects of her job. Armed with an MBA from Simon Fraser University, this member of the Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island thinks working for an aboriginal non-profit organization like the First Nations Technology Council is a true gift. “I was raised outside my community and I wanted to understand our culture and our people. Here I get all of that – travel, talk, learning, and enrichment,” she explains. “This is the type of job where you see the results and the effect you’re having on others. This role has changed my life,” Williams adds. “The challenges I’ve faced, the opportunities I’ve had, and the hills I’ve climbed truly shaped who I am today.” Continue reading “DENISE WILLIAMS”


Passion in the Circle

Passion. It’s hard to not get a sense of the passion Rebecca Inoke feels for her job and the people she works with when you talk to her. A Family and Cultural Mentor for the XaXe SŦELIṮḴEL Daycare at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Inoke’s own cultural background lies in New Zealand, from the Tūhoe and Ngāti Kahungunu iwi (tribes) on her father’s side. Continue reading “REBECCA INOKE”


On air and In the Circle

Communicating and connecting – two words Brock Lewis uses a lot when he describes his job as the Afternoon Drive announcer for CFNR (Canada’s First Nations Radio), a radio station based in Terrace broadcasting to over 80 communities in Northern B.C. On the air from 2 – 6 pm every weekday, Lewis has been playing the hits for his listeners since shortly after graduating from Niagara College’s Broadcasting Program in early 2016. Continue reading “BROCK LEWIS”

U’Mista Cultural Society

U’Mista Cultural Society
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The mandate of the Society is to preserve the cultural heritage of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw people who inhabit the north end of Vancouver Island and nearby islands. The Society’s most notable achievement has been the repatriation of potlatch artifacts seized by government. These artifacts, known as the “Potlatch Collection”, are on display at the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay.