Indigenous recruitment – Information for hiring managers

The Indigenous Centre of Expertise: here to support you!

This page provides information for federal public service hiring managers on Indigenous recruitment. We provide expertise and support on:

We also provide information and support on:

For more information on these topics, please contact the Indigenous Centre of Expertise at:

For information on recruiting Inuit in Nunavut, contact Pilimmaksaivik, the Federal Centre of Excellence on Inuit Employment, at

Indigenous representation in the federal public service

For data on the representation (self-identification) of Indigenous people in the federal public service, consult the 2018–19 report on employment equity in the federal public service. For more info on the representation of Indigenous peoples in Canada, consult the Key results from the 2016 Census.

Hiring Indigenous talent!

Hire from the Government of Canada’s pools and inventories listed below; and don’t forget to select Aboriginal people in the employment equity section.

You can also ask your HR advisor about any departmental Indigenous hiring initiatives.

Indigenous Career Pathways: Inventory of Indigenous applicants

Looking to hire Indigenous talent? Visit the Indigenous Career Pathways - Inventory of Indigenous Applicants to find eligible and available Indigenous students and graduates in diverse fields.

For more recruitment options, consult the Recruitment Options for Managers web page.

Graduate recruitment programs

Student recruitment programs

Research Affiliate Program - Information for hiring managers

Re-hiring students

If you’re looking to re-hire an Indigenous student, consult the Indigenous Career Pathways – Inventory of Indigenous Applicants or the Federal Student Work Experience Program: Information for managers.

Building an inclusive and barrier-free staffing process to hire Indigenous Peoples

Check out the Indigenous Recruitment Toolbox for useful information on establishing qualifications, advertisements, assessment, appointment and challenges/barriers to Indigenous employment.

Challenges and barriers to Indigenous employment

To learn about the barriers to Indigenous employment in the context of indigenous recruitment, visit Many Voices One Mind: a Pathway to Reconciliation.

Supporting Indigenous employees

Hiring Indigenous employees requires you to be also culturally competent to ensure you understand your employee’s perspective. Consult Hiring and supporting Indigenous employees for useful information on what you need to know as manager as well as accessing support.

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