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Beyond Land Acknowledgements: A Panel Discussion

Date: September 16, 2021
Location: Online

1.50 CPD
**This event is now closed for registrations. Zoom log in details were sent to the registrants.  Please contact Tracy Aurellano at taurellano@cphrbc.ca for registration inquiries**
We have gathered a panel of HR professionals from our community to discuss how organizations and HR professionals can take a leadership role in taking meaningful steps to remove barriers and engage with local indigenous communities around employment, training and economic development. 

Join our moderator and panel members for a discussion followed by an optional 30 minute conversation circle where participants will discuss what they heard and steps that they may wish to take at their organization.   

  • Kristi Searle, FCPHR  – Moderator – Proprietor & Certified Human Resources Business Strategist – Peoplebiz Consulting and CPHR BC & Yukon Board of Directors Member
  • Michelle Dragon, CPHR Candidate – HR Generalist – Westbank First Nations
  • Robin Henry, CPHR, BA, C. Dir - Director of Human Resources at Assembly of First Nations
  • Danielle Mitchell - Senior Director, Indigenous Cultural Safety & Strategy - Human Resource, Provincial Health Services Authority
Kristi Searle, FCPHR Proprietor of peoplebiz Consulting Inc. is a certified HR professional and business strategist with decades of experience in internal and external management and advisement, as well as high-level membership on industry panels, boards and executive committees. Kristi has led her team to excel as a strategic partner to systematically optimize organizational efficiencies, best practices and the people-profitability correlation. Displaying strong resourcefulness and problem-solving abilities are equaled only by her willingness to roll up her sleeves and drill deep. peoplebiz partners with medium, large and Fortune 500 companies across sectors, providing a spectrum of contingency and retainer-based services that impact profitability and corporate culture for lasting gain. Kristi has specialized expertise with Corporate, Indigenous/First Nations, Government, Not for Profit, High Tech, Engineering, Health and other business sectors. Kristi is an avid volunteer and currently sits on the CPHR Validation Assessment Committee and Dress for Success Vancouver Career Specialist and Workshop Planning Committee. Kristi of Métis decent from the Sweat Water Tribe in Saskatchewan.

Kristi Searle
Michelle Dragon, CPHR Candidate is First Nations and is registered with the Fort McMurray Band #468. Michelle has worked in all aspects of HR for 9 years and majority of that has been within the Indigenous Industry. She has specialized in Talent Acquisition and is a certified performance based specialist. In her career she has proudly placed 100+ indigenous individuals in careers during her time at First Nations Health Authority and Tsleil-Waututh Nation. One of her newest passions is partnering with leadership to establish a better culture and employee experience by implementing indigenous-in-mind, mental health initiatives, engagement programs and rewards and recognition. While she is not working, you can find her in her shop working on her passion projects like making dreamcatchers, crystal grids, candles and more, or at the beach with her husband and two boys. 
Michelle Dragon
Robin Henry, CPHR, BA, C.Dir  - By way of introduction, I am of Tlingit and Vuntut Gwitch’in ancestry and a citizen of the Teslin Tlingit First Nation in the Yukon Territory. I am a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and also hold a certificate in Strategic HR Leadership from the UBC Sauder School of Business. To complement these designations, I also possess a BA in Social Sciences, Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation, as well certification in Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities from the Harvard Business School. I am currently employed as the Director of Human Resources with the Assembly of First Nations. I also possess 20+ years of experience in senior human resource management positions with several organizations including local, provincial and national Indigenous organizations. I also provide human resource consulting services on a limited basis. Gunalchish 
Robin Henry
Danielle Mitchell - Senior Director, Indigenous Cultural Safety & Strategy - Human Resource, Provincial Health Services Authority. Danielle was born, raised and continues to be a grateful guest on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm  Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and specifically today, the territory of the Qayqayt People. Danielle is Cree/Metis and of mixed European ancestry with her connections to communities in Muskeg Lake and Duck Lake areas within what is now known as Saskatchewan.

Danielle is a senior director in the health and social services sector working to advance structural and systemic changes and address anti-Indigenous racism through strategy, practice and policy. In her consulting partnerships, Danielle works from a rights-based Indigenous lens to advance Indigenous communities, strengthen organizational capacities and privilege Indigenous knowledge systems and collective-centered ways of being. She holds a Master of Arts in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC and has a background in systems transformation, Indigenous health, human resources and project management.  To most, Danielle is know as auntie, sister, daughter, cousin and friend. 
Danielle Mitchell
This event will take place online on Zoom. Log in details will be emailed to you 24 hours prior.
12:00pm - 1:00pm (PDT) - Panel Discussion Q&A
1:00pm - 1:30 pm (PDT) - Optional Conversation Circle to further dialogue on this subject matter
Registration: Please register by the date indicated below.  You will receive an automated email registration confirmation after your registration has gone through. 
Registration Deadline - Sept 14th  12:00 pm PDT              
Registration Fee
CPHR BC & Yukon Members - all categories   Included with Membership
  Be our guest!
  • Questions about registrations can be directed to Tracy Aurellano, Front Office & Administrative Assistant, Lower Mainland
  • Questions about this event can be directed to Quinne Davey, Member Relations Manager, Lower Mainland