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City Of Regina Looks To Expand Its Aboriginal Workforce PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:03

Regina's mayor, Michael Fougere, called it a priority last summer, but he is not making much progress. The goal was to hire more Aboriginal employees, but the numbers are no better than they were about a year ago.

"It's not good enough. We have to do better and we are trying the best we can."

About 7.7 per cent of the city's workforce is Aboriginal. That represents about 130 full-time employees out of more than 1,100 workers. The city needs to more than double that number to 15.2 per cent to reach the target set out by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. That number would be representative of the Aboriginal population in Regina.

Fougere says the city is taking steps to get there, but admits progress has been slow.

"No question about that. And I think we need to have more conversations with First Nations leadership to see what we can do that is better. But we are doing the best we can. It is a complex issue of how we bring people in and have a career here."

In May of 2012, the city established the Aboriginal City Employees Group. It's made up of volunteers whose focus is to increase its role within the community working with Aboriginal groups and charitable organizations. The city is also trying to recruit more Aboriginal employees by participating at job fairs and advertising through Aboriginal Link, which has a database of 28,000 urban, rural and remote areas where 1.5 million Aboriginal people live.

There is some urgency to find workers. Within four years, 25 per cent of the city's workforce is eligible to retire. Fougere says there will be lots of opportunities.

"The city is a great place to work with a stable pension and great opportunities for advancement. And we remain very optimistic about that."

Fougere says hiring more Aboriginals is still a priority and he wants to work with the First Nations community to address it.

 
Waterhen Lake First Nation Re-elects Chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:58

Carol Bernard has been re-elected chief in a close race in Waterhen Lake First Nation.

Bernard edged out her next closest challenger, Ableheza Ernest, 186 votes to 167 in band elections yesterday.

Blaine Fiddler, Brenda Fiddler, Delphine Vincent and Dennis Martell are also newly elected to council.

They join re-elected councillors Joanne Roy and Richard Fiddler.

A total of 34 people ran for six council positions.

 
Cameco Extends Deadline For Potential Summer Students To Apply PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:58

Cameco has extended the deadline to apply for its 2015 summer student positions.

Students will now have until this Friday to get their applications in to find summer work at some of Cameco's northern operations, as well as a few positions in Saskatoon.

Brittney Lynn Holland, a pharmacy student from Creighton, has worked as a summer student with the company for the past three summers. She says she has learned several vital work skills through her positions as an environmental technician, a position in radiation and as a mill labourer during her summers with Cameco.

"You learn communication, time management, and several other necessary skills," said Holland. "It’s also great for northern students because a lot of them will want to work in the north after they finish school. It is a great way to get your foot in the door if you want to work for Cameco in the future."

Holland says she plans to return to the north after she finishes her pharmacy degree. She also says she plans to return to Cameco for another summer job in 2015.

Holland is the president of the Northern Administration Students' Association (NASA) at the University of Saskatchewan; a group on campus that supports students from the north.

Anyone interested in applying for a summer position with Cameco can do so at cameco.com/careers.

 
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