Aboriginal Non-profit Gathering
The Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) recently worked on the second phase of an initiative to contribute to strengthening Aboriginal Non-profit Agencies. There are two goals of this particular initiative; the first is to gather information from community to inform the development of tools that will support mentorship and Elder guidance in Aboriginal Non-profit Agencies. The second goal is to gather information from youth (ages 19-30) to inform the development of tools that will support the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal youth in Aboriginal Non-profit Agencies.
The Gathering Sessions were an opportunity for agency staff, Elders, community, and youth, to:
- Come together and share their experiences with mentoring and/or recruitment and retention practices
- Share about barriers and challenges that agencies may encounter when recruiting and hiring Aboriginal staff and young people
- Discuss strategies currently used in recruitment and retention in Aboriginal Non-profit Agencies
- Discuss how mentoring and/or recruitment and retention strategies can contribute to Aboriginal Non-Profit agencies
- Discuss what kinds of tools for agencies that would be most helpful, practical and useful
- Share how their agencies engage the younger generation
- Help inform us as to why Aboriginal Non-profit Agencies are great places to work
Each session was about four hours long; on day one we engaged Elders, agencies and those who work for Aboriginal Non-profit Agencies. The second day was for engaging youth, whether or not they currently work in an Aboriginal Non-profit Agency.
The information shared is helping IPS inform development and will be used to create draft tools for Aboriginal Non-profit agencies. In the fall of 2016, we held further Gathering Sessions to showcase the tools developed and gathered further feedback and suggestions on how these tools can help Aboriginal Non-profit Agencies.