Tips for Aboriginal Organizations on Partnering with the Construction Industry Tips for Aboriginal Organizations on Partnering with the Construction Industry

  • Don’t underestimate the importance of first impressions. Invest time in preparation to ensure that your first contact is effective.
  • Do some homework.  Find out about the local economic situation and the opportunities in the construction industry.  Be knowledgeable about the current situation and also about the outlook for the short- and medium-term.  Local economic development offices and/or business associations can be helpful sources of information.  
  • Find out what skills are in short supply and what jobs are hard to fill; check what jobs are being advertised; local HRSDC offices or union hiring halls can also be a good source of information.
  • Find out about successful initiatives for increasing Aboriginal employment in other locations or other industries.  
  • Summarize the benefits to hiring Aboriginal workers – from the employer’s perspective.  
  • Identify construction companies operating in your area and their human resource contact information.
  • Choose an industry partner to start planning the approach – start with one major employer or the local construction association.  Contact the top-level leader or the most senior person identified as being responsible for human resources.
  • “Rome was not built in a day”. Commitment to building a long-term relationship is essential. It takes time to build trust of the community and its members.