1. Understanding Culture1. Understanding Culture

To successfully hire and retain Aboriginal workers, it is essential to first inform yourself about the impact of culture in the workplace, as well as some specifics about the norms of Aboriginal communication and behavioural styles.

Workers and employers can use this tool to articulate the norms of their own culture as well as those of the workplace, to help them identify the areas of difference and begin to build strategies to bridge the gaps.

If you are interested in learning more about the impact of culture in a workplace, read this overview. Some of the important features of some Aboriginal cultures are compared to the behaviours and norms in Canadian workplaces.

Remember that there are important differences across Aboriginal communities. First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures are not the same. Some characteristics are more common; they are described here. Take the time to understand the norms, values and traditions in the local community.

Take note here of some key differences that might be important to remember in successfully selecting and integrating Aboriginal workers into your initiative.

Cultural considerations to be aware of:
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