Research report profiles Aboriginal partnerships

Communication, understanding and consultation needed for success
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/03/2009

Companies looking to start, build and sustain positive relationships with Aboriginal communities can learn from the lessons of other organizations, thanks to a new research report. Achieving Progressive Community Relations, published by the non-profit Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), profiles a number of companies and their successes in the Aboriginal community.

One of those companies is IBM Canada. Since 2004, it has become much more committed to supporting Aboriginal communities. It offers a range of programs aimed at First Nation, Métis and Inuit students to encourage Aboriginal children and youth to stay in school, gain an education and follow career paths in science, engineering, business and technology.

“We wanted to see more Aboriginal people graduating from universities and participating in the technology sector,” said Mary Jane Loustel, Winnipeg-based national Aboriginal program executive at IBM.