Take the starfish approach

Small initiatives lead to true systemic change (Analysis)
By Robert Canuel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/25/2011

Over the past 35 years of my professional life, much has been said and written about the relationship between employers and First Nations people. However, for all the studies, discussions, reports and opinions, not much has changed, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to author a Pulse Survey when the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) offered it to members with the senior human resources professional (SHRP) designation.

As a group, First Nations people are at or near the bottom in every socio-economic category: income, education, life expectancy, you name it.

There was a wide range of responses from survey respondents on how to improve the plight of First Nations people, ranging from “do nothing” to “leave it in the hands of the politicians.” There was also a strong indication that, given an opportunity, many HR professionals would like to establish mentorships, internships or outreach programs.