Braiding Sweetgrass: Supporting Indigenous Staff in Non-Indigenous Organizations

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Calls to Action stipulates a call for all levels of government to increase the number and retention of Indigenous people working in health care (TRC, 2015). Many organizations grapple with the retention of and encounter challenges with the retention of Indigenous staff. Indigenous staff face high rates of stress, burnout, dual accountability, face multiple roles, and lack culturally supportive work environments. This project aims to understand how non-Indigenous organizations can best support Indigenous liaison workers. Outcomes of this research will contribute to changes in organizational policies and/or procedures for non-Indigenous organizations that support Indigenous staff retention and to contribute to more supportive work environments for Indigenous staff with the associated benefit of greater retention.

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Maureen Plante
Faculty Supervisor: 
Karlee Fellner
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Alberta
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