Aboriginal Workforce Partnership Agreement
RHA signs Aboriginal Workforce Partnership Agreement
June 16, 2010
The Regional Health Authority – Central Manitoba Inc. (RHA Central) was joined today by 23 other partners such as the First Nation, Metis communities, local, provincial and federal governments, health sector employee unions and other stakeholders including Manitoba’s education/training institutions in a historic signing ceremony. This event marks the first ever partnership agreement, aimed at forging new ties with aboriginal communities and other sectors who are committed in partnership to working together to support, prepare and develop the Aboriginal workforce and to increase the representation of Aboriginal people in all healthcare occupations within RHA Central.
“This partnership agreement has been in progress for quite some time and to see it to fruition is such a rewarding milestone for all partners. The initiative aligns well with the RHA’s goals and future directions,” says CEO Kathy McPhail. “The Aboriginal community is one of the fastest-growing communities in our region. In addition to assisting us with our labour shortage, we feel this initiative will enhance and diversify our labour force.”
The Aboriginal Workforce Partnership Agreement is born out of the recognition that, within the next five years, many of RHA Central’s workforce (approximately 3,300 employees) will be eligible to retire. To address this shortfall, RHA Central has developed recruitment strategies with the goal of increasing the representation of Aboriginal people in the workplace to better reflect the percentage of Aboriginal people in the general population.
It is envisioned that the Aboriginal Workforce Partnership Agreement will help to improve client health, service delivery and economic capacity by bringing to the Aboriginal population a greater awareness of the many employment opportunities that are available in health care and ensuring potential employees receive the necessary education and training to fill these future positions.
“The ultimate result is that we want our Aboriginal people to see RHA Central as an employer of choice,” says Regional Director Aboriginal Employment, Holly Leost. “In addition to providing employment, the initiative will help to work towards providing a culturally enriched workplace where all people in Central Region are as healthy as can be.”
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