Proof of concept for advancing an aboriginal workforce delivered at first national conference

    April 4-5, 2007, Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa

    OTTAWA, April 4 /CNW/ - Unlocking Aboriginal Potential in the Workplace,
a national Aboriginal recruitment, retention and advancement two-day
conference began today at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa. More than
275 delegates and speakers have gathered to learn about successful strategies
to advance an Aboriginal workforce. Delegates represent Canadian employers,
educators, human resource professionals, diversity managers, career
development practitioners and employment counsellors.
    "The advancement of Aboriginal people in the workplace is a complex issue
that can not be solved without thoughtful strategic consideration for the
realities of the Aboriginal community and mainstream workforce, says Kelly
Lendsay, President and CEO of the conference host, Aboriginal Human Resource
Development Council of Canada (AHRDCC). "It gives me great pride to say that
even in the face of much adversity, the transformation of solutions and
proof-of-concept for Aboriginal inclusion in the workplace is evident in
Canada and at this conference."
    Unlocking Aboriginal Potential in the Workplace will provide delegates
with a first time opportunity of this nature to learn about promising Canadian
and international Aboriginal labour market practices. The dynamic and high
level lineup of keynote and workshop presentations will help delegates build
and improve labour market strategies that will accelerate Aboriginal
employment opportunities, career development solutions and workplace
engagement strategies in Canada.
    "Focus on economic development is critical to Canada's productivity, says
Chief Clarence Louie, Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation and AHRDCC
board member. "However, attention must be given to the key driver of
productivity - human resource development. The success of the Osoyoos First
Nation to mobilize our human resource capital and create unparalleled economic
success can be used as a model for others to follow."

    AHRDCC is a public private partnership that connects Aboriginal
organizations and employers to partnerships and solutions that accelerate the
recruitment, retention and advancement of Aboriginal people in the Canadian
labour market.

For further information:

For further information: Peggy Berndt, Manager, Communications and
Marketing, Aboriginal Human Resource Development Council of Canada, tf -
1-866-711-5091, c - (780) 720-1118, e -, w -

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