Collaboration key to Indigenous recruitment, retention, says report

Cultural awareness, education, training also identified as success factors
By John Dujay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2019
Gold is poured at Agnico Eagle’s Meadowbank mine near Baker Lake, Nunavut, in 2011. Credit: REUTERS/Chris Wattie

For Agnico Eagle Mines, a gold mining company headquartered in Toronto with operations in northern Canada, finding qualified workers has been tough.

“The biggest challenge is our capacity to train people. On average, we are spending approximately $20,000 per year per Inuit to train,” said Dominique Girard, vice-president of Nunavut operations at Agnico.

“Where we’re investing, we look, for 2019, to put $8 million into training, which represents 21 per cent of the Inuit payroll.”