The anpTools are a set of print, digital, and video resources created to help BC’s Aboriginal non-profit (ANP) sector strengthen its workforce. The Tools address five priority issues identified by the anpBC Strategy: youth recruitment and retention, mentorship and elder guidance; culture and wellness; sector pension plan; and retirement planning.
We have five sets of tools included in this section:
Youth Recruitment and Retention
Culture and Wellness
Sector Pension Plan
Holistic Retirement Planning
For information about jobs, careers and internships within the Aboriginal non-profit sector, check out the anpCircle.
The Promotional Materials Project is a multi-platform program developed to strengthen the capacity of Aboriginal Non-Profit (ANP) organizations to recruit new employees. Promotional materials for this program were designed to target two distinct demographics: (1) Aboriginal youth or young adults at the beginning of their careers; and (2) potential career changers who have a high level of existing qualifications and experience.
The promotional program involves a strong mix of tactics and programs that are designed to integrate and work in tandem with each other to strengthen impact and reach into the BC’s Indigenous community.
Promotional materials in this project include: website recruitment portal, videos, social and earned media (PR) program, advertorials, E-News platform and a poster.
Poster for download
Click on the poster image to open a print-ready 11″x17″ pdf of the poster.
The Sector Pension Plan initiative is part of the anpBC Strategy to support the Aboriginal non-profit (ANP) workforce in BC.
Many ANP agencies would like to adopt a pension plan —and for good reason. An employer pension plans benefits both the employer and its employees. For the employer, the benefit comes from a lower rate of turnover in the workforce. But in the ANP sector, lack of time, money, and knowledge can be insurmountable barriers to implementing a plan.
The Sector Pension Plan Tools were created to help ANP organizations overcome those barriers. They are the product of extensive research on pension plan options conducted in Phase One of the anpBC Strategy. The Tools will be available online as a series of webpages, each summarizing the research on a specific pension plan issue.
The Tools will be available online soon as a series of webpages, each summarizing the research on a specific pension plan issue.
The Holistic Retirement Planning initiative is part of the anpBC Strategy to support the Aboriginal non-profit (ANP) workforce in BC.
Indigenous cultures have always placed a high value on planning ahead, supporting Elders and living holistically. Indigenous values around savings and wealth often differ from non-Indigenous values, and need to be honoured in any approach to financial planning. The Holistic Retirement Planning curriculum explores how these Indigenous values relate to transitioning to Elderhood and supporting Elders in today’s world. It is an educational program designed to empower you to retire on your own terms and plan for your future holistically and in a way that aligns with your cultural values in order to achieve the quality of life you desire when you get older.
Supporting the Curriculum is a set of videos that can also be used as a stand-alone resource.
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.
A handbook with information and tips for attracting and retaining youth employees.
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.
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.
To download, please click on the image.
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