Education & Young People

Our Children’s Medicine is the Aboriginal Employment and Mentorship Initiative led by the Prince’s Canadian Responsible Business Network (PCRBN) in partnership with Birch Hill Equity Partners . The initiative’s objective has been clear since day one: work with top business leaders and existing aboriginal community organizations to provide safe spaces for aboriginal youth to connect with job providers and obtain employment in an atmosphere that ensures aboriginal youth feel safe, secure, and free from prejudice and discrimination.

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The initiative’s roots lie in a Prince’s Seeing is Believing visit hosted by PCC to Native Child and Family Services Toronto, and Miziwie Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training with some of Toronto’s top business leaders – including Xerox Canada and the Toronto Region Board of Trade. The visit was eye opening to those in attendance, and left the burning question of how to break barriers for Aboriginal youth still facing challenges to employment in an age of increasing diversity, and inclusivity. A steering committee was formed by PCC with representatives of the aboriginal community, public sector, and business to discuss solutions. PCC also engaged Toronto Employment and Social Services and other Aboriginal organizations on what was needed by the community.

Since 2013 PCRBN and its business and community partners have hosted a selection of networking events and job fairs for aboriginal youth in Toronto. Bringing the aboriginal and business communities together in a collaborative environment. Business representatives in attendance received instruction from Miziwie Biik or Nico Consulting on Aboriginal cultural awareness allowing Aboriginal youth to be true to themselves, and the businesses present to be partners with the Aboriginal community.

In 2014 PCRBN national partner Birch Hill Equity Partners took over a lead role with the program, and has been critical in the development of employment programs with PCRBN.

Events

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Aboriginal Job Seeker Career Market- October 8, 2015

  • Hosted by Birch Hill Equity Partners and Prince’s Charities Canada.
  • One of the largest business summits between Aboriginal youth and business Toronto has ever seen, 241 aboriginal youth were connected with 33 businesses.
  • 108 youth worked with Springboard Services to construct their first resume, and 30 had theirs updated and tweaked.
  • 44 representatives present went through Aboriginal cultural awareness training with Nisto Consulting which was identified by the business representatives as the most important aspect of creating a safe space.

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Aboriginal Youth Networking Event – October 21, 2014

  • Held with PCRBN national partner Birch Hill Equity Partners the event was overwhelmingly successful. 40 out of 80 job seekers in attendance moved onto interviews with the businesses present.

Aboriginal Employment Networking Event – October 21, 2013

  • An unprecedented number of Aboriginal job seekers, and nine private sector partners in attendance.
  • 31 aboriginal youth were hired with sustainable employment.
  • PCC supported two RBC Royal Bank programs in their efforts to reach out to community organizations and educational institutions– the Aboriginal Student Awards Program and the Aboriginal Stay in School Program. 24 different agencies and educational institutions participated in the webinar,
    and RBC confirms they have made 2 hires as a result.

Partners

Employer Partners

Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, The Bagg Group, Bell Canada, BMO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Canadian Rangers Career Foundation, Carillion Canada, CIBC, Cinq Foods,
Creation Technology, Davies LLP, GDI, Motion, Home Depot, KPMG, Loblaws, Lowes, Ontario Provincial Police, RBC, Scotiabank, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sleep Country Canada, Softchoice, Stikeman Elliott, Terrapure, TD Canada Trust, Toronto Green Community Toronto Police Services, TSC, Davies LLP, and Weston Foods

Community partners

Springboard Services, The YMCA, Nisto Consulting, Grand River Employment and Training, Grand River Post-Secondary School, Brock University, Nippissing University, Western, Queens, UofT, Ryerson, Sudbarry Friendship Centre, Barrie Friendship Centre

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