Keewatin Yatthe Signs Aboriginal Employment Deal

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 at 14:56



The Keewatin Yatthe Regional Health Authority has become the latest health region to sign an Aboriginal employment partnership with the provincial government.


Under the terms of the agreement, the region will work with the province, SAHO and three unions to build and support a representative work force.


First Nations and Metis Relations Minister Maynard Sonntag notes the health authority already has secured an Aboriginal workforce of 80 per cent, but he says the goals and ideals of the partnership go beyond simple numbers and stress components like cultural awareness.


Sonntag argues employers and their staff are very often unaware of what a representative workforce is all about, even if they’ve already achieved it.


He says Keewatin Yatthe is the last health region in the province to sign on to such a deal.