Volume 11, Number 1 August 8, 2003

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Crowns & U of S jointly sponsor Aboriginal human resource manual

The U of S and Saskatchewan's Crown Investment Corporation (CIC) launched a joint project this summer to boost the employment of Aboriginal youth in Crown corporations and the University.

The two organizations signed an agreement May 27 to hire an Aboriginal student for the summer to develop a resource manual of all major Aboriginal human resources initiatives in Saskatchewan.

Officials said the 15-week research and writing project would cost $16,000 which will be paid 50/50 by CIC and the University. U of S student Miranda Bear Cook was hired for the job. She is spending the summer interviewing leaders in the Aboriginal human resource field, conducting web-based research, and using publishing software to produce the resource manual.

CIC Director of Crown Management Practices Don Ash and Senior Vice-President Mike Shaw told a news conference the development of more Aboriginal employees is a major CIC goal.

Ash said the 10,000-strong workforce in Saskatchewan's 10 major Crown corporations is aging, "and we need to work on how we're going to replace our workforce".

Shaw said CIC knows that "our future is in our youth, and Aboriginal youth are going to play a significant role in the future of the province."

He said Aboriginal people account for about five to six per cent of the workforce in Saskatchewan's Crowns, and in Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) it is about 10 per cent

U of S President Peter MacKinnon called the agreement "a welcome partnership". He said the University and CIC "intend to put energetic and capable Aboriginal people to work for us."

Shaw said he expects more joint initiatives in the future to further promote Aboriginal human resource development.

From left, Miranda Bear Cook watches as CIC Senior Vice-President Mike Shaw, U of S President Peter MacKinnon, and CIC Director of Crown Management Practices Don Ash sign an agreement to produce a comprehensive Saskatchewan Aboriginal human resource manual.  Bear Cook has been hired to research and write the manual.

From left, Miranda Bear Cook watches as CIC Senior Vice-President Mike Shaw, U of S President Peter MacKinnon, and CIC Director of Crown Management Practices Don Ash sign an agreement to produce a comprehensive Saskatchewan Aboriginal human resource manual. Bear Cook has been hired to research and write the manual.


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