A new program starts later this month aimed at giving industry leaders the tools they need to foster reconciliation in the workplace.

The executive leadership program is a joint effort between the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the University of Winnipeg.

Mireille Lamontagne, a manager of advanced and professional programs at CMHR and one of the lead developers of the program, says many institutions want to implement the calls for action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission but are unsure how to go about it.

“I think there’s some good will out there, a lot of good will, I think people are not sure what tools or how to go about it or where to even begin,” she says. “And I think that’s where we really saw the need for an executive-level program.”

Lamontagne adds the program focuses on experiential instruction by Indigenous stakeholders.

“This is really about coming out of this with your own action plan for your department, for your own business, that you can go back and implement in your own situation. So the idea of customizing it’s applicability to your workplace.”

The list of people who will teach the course includes former Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Derek Nepinak and Manitoba Treaty Relations Commissioner Loretta Ross.

The six-day program begins on June 19 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

(PHOTO: Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Photo courtesy of CMHR Facebook page.)