GNWT recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers

Feb 19 2013

YELLOWKNIFE (February 19, 2013) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has been named as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. The prestigious annual award recognizes organizations that work to include women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples in the workplace. The award complements the GNWT’s recognition as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2013.

“Our committed and creative public service is the key to promoting an inclusive workplace,” said Minister of Human Resources Glen Abernethy. “Last year over 2750 employers across the country vied for this award.  Those selected are the leaders in diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we ought to be very proud of our public service for receiving this award, which highlights our efforts to promote a representative workplace and foster a spirit of inclusion”.

The GNWT is committed to developing and maintaining a representative work force using a variety of tools and training that support and encourage an inclusive workplace.  These include disability awareness, indigenous Aboriginal cultural awareness and gender-based analysis. The Aboriginal Employees Advisory Committee (AEAC) and the GNWT Advisory Committee on Employability (GACE) work to enhance employment opportunities within the public service for designated groups.

Canada’s Best Diversity Employers is prepared and published by Mediacorp Canada Inc., manager of the popular job search website and one of Canada’s largest publishers of employment periodicals. As the exclusive newspaper partner, The Globe and Mail is announcing the 2013 Canada’s Best Diversity Employers winners in a special national newspaper report today.

For more information, contact:

Michelle Beard
HR Strategy and Policy
Department of Human Resources
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 873-7271