Tips for Employers on Establishing Networks and PartnershipsTips for Employers on Establishing Networks and Partnerships

  • Don’t underestimate the importance of first impressions. Invest time in preparation to ensure that your first contact is effective.
  • The way you approach an Indigenous contact will dictate its effectiveness. Consider cultural norms before assuming that your preferred method will work. For example, cold calling and leaving messages will likely not get a prompt response.
  • Personal contact is the number one method for establishing effective partnerships.
  • Start with your network to form a new network. Approach people you know first and ask for introductions to others who can provide support to your sourcing and recruitment efforts for Indigenous candidates.
  • Do not assume that one contact point will reach the full community. Take a comprehensive approach and contact all relevant groups in your area, such as Friendship Centres, First Nation communities, Métis organizations, Indigenous women’s locals and Inuit groups. Don’t forget that there are also Indigenous businesses specializing in recruitment and personnel services.
  • Continue to reach out. Iintroduce yourself to local Indigenous leaders; take part in community activities; get involved in local issues that affect the Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) community; build a reputation as someone who is approachable and genuinely interested. Be prepared to invest your time. You may have to attend meetings, career fairs and community events many times before you can establish trust and meaningful relationships leading to results.
  • Demonstrate your pride in your workplace by highlighting the diversity of your workforce and the positive nature of your working environment at job fairs or in recruitment notices.
  • “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Commitment to building a long-term relationship is essential. It takes time to build the trust of the community and its members.