Performing an environmental scan is essential and will assist you in better understanding the Indigenous landscape and help you and your company build the confidence required to become more engagement ready.

Understanding the scan and its various components can help you build your company’s business case for Indigenous engagement and help you recognize and assess the opportunities available. The scan is a tool that may assist you in recognizing when your engagement strategy is being compromised. Efforts to build Indigenous relationships will be supported through sound business and economic targets, many of which will be identified through the scan.

The environmental scan is also a good opportunity to uncover knowledge gaps and barriers. In order to achieve the elements of your Indigenous Engagement strategy, you must ensure that your employees and managers have the right knowledge, tools, and strategies available to them.

Remember, leadership sets the tone for your company’s overall culture and engagement with Indigenous peoples, businesses and communities.

Here a few questions you can consider that may assist in the environmental scan:

  • What is your organization’s objective? What do you hope to achieve?
  • Are your stakeholders supportive of this vision?
  • What is the capacity of your organization?
  • Do you have or are there plans to have a dedicated resource for this initiative? (Figure out where your team can grow: Indigenous relations, human resources, community development, employees that have decision making power on policies, support from upper management, middle management and hiring managers will assist organizations as they develop communication plans of the culture shift.)
  • Communicate with internal employees outlining the dedication, commitment and importance of Indigenous Engagement at all levels of the organization.
  • What are your timelines? Are your goals realistic and attainable? Find a sample of the  Indigenous Engagement Charter Metrics spreadsheet.
  • What are the barriers that are going to prevent you from attracting, recruiting, and retaining Indigenous employees?
  • What has been done in the past? What training was incorporated? Does your organization have the capacity to train? What policies were created or amended?
  • Does your business have existing procurement policies? If so, have you reviewed its procurement practices/policies? Does your company rate or place value on the Request for Proposals (RFPs) based on contractors’ level of Indigenous Engagement?

These are a few early stage questions that should assist you in identifying what your organization’s initial focus should be. Your answers will provide you with a better understanding on where your company’s Indigenous Engagement journey should begin.

Performing an environmental scan is essential and will assist you in better understanding the Indigenous landscape and help you and your company build the confidence required to become more engagement ready.

Understanding the scan and its various components can help you build your company’s business case for Indigenous engagement and help you recognize and assess the opportunities available. The scan is a tool that may assist you in recognizing when your engagement strategy is being compromised. Efforts to build Indigenous relationships will be supported through sound business and economic targets, many of which will be identified through the scan.

The environmental scan is also a good opportunity to uncover knowledge gaps and barriers. In order to achieve the elements of your Indigenous Engagement strategy, you must ensure that your employees and managers have the right knowledge, tools, and strategies available to them.

Remember, leadership sets the tone for your company’s overall culture and engagement with Indigenous peoples, businesses and communities.

Here a few questions you can consider that may assist in the environmental scan:

  • What is your organization’s objective? What do you hope to achieve?
  • Are your stakeholders supportive of this vision?
  • What is the capacity of your organization?
  • Do you have or are there plans to have a dedicated resource for this initiative? (Figure out where your team can grow: Indigenous relations, human resources, community development, employees that have decision making power on policies, support from upper management, middle management and hiring managers will assist organizations as they develop communication plans of the culture shift.)
  • Communicate with internal employees outlining the dedication, commitment and importance of Indigenous Engagement at all levels of the organization.
  • What are your timelines? Are your goals realistic and attainable? Find a sample of the  Indigenous Engagement Charter Metrics spreadsheet.
  • What are the barriers that are going to prevent you from attracting, recruiting, and retaining Indigenous employees?
  • What has been done in the past? What training was incorporated? Does your organization have the capacity to train? What policies were created or amended?
  • Does your business have existing procurement policies? If so, have you reviewed its procurement practices/policies? Does your company rate or place value on the Request for Proposals (RFPs) based on contractors’ level of Indigenous Engagement?

These are a few early stage questions that should assist you in identifying what your organization’s initial focus should be. Your answers will provide you with a better understanding on where your company’s Indigenous Engagement journey should begin.

The information contained on this page and within the Indigenous Engagement Directory includes original content as well as content using a variety of sources. Special thanks to the Indigenous Engagement Task Force participants, Nutrien, Indigenous Services Canada, Indigenous Works, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and several others. Please feel free to use the information contained here to advance the Indigenous Engagement strategy for your business.

The linking to or from our website does not indicate on the part of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce any endorsement or guarantee of any of the organizations or information found on their respective websites.

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