Health Region Sees Big Jump In Native Workforce

Friday, November 21, 2008 at 15:11



The Mamawetan-Churchill River Regional Health Authority in northeast Saskatchewan has doubled its Aboriginal workforce over the last eight years.


Just over 32 per cent of health region staff identify themselves as being of Aboriginal ancestry.


In 2000, the percentage was just 16 per cent.


CEO Kathy Chisholm says the accomplishment is due mainly to a mixture of training opportunities, employment partnerships and work to attract Aboriginal students.


Chisholm stresses the health region will continue to try and raise that percentage as it strives toward a truly representative workforce.


She also says there are new programs available to help retain talent.