Report: Public Service and Truth and Reconciliation

On January 23, 2017, twenty-five senior leaders from Indigenous organizations, federal and provincial governments, from academia, and from civil society accepted an invitation from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) to participate in a Leaders Dialogue Circle to talk about public service roles and responsibilities in reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Metis in Canada.

First Event for IPAC’s National Year of Dialogue Hosted by National Capital Region Group

The first event for IPAC’s National Year of Dialogue was hosted by our National Capital Region group with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. “Building Understanding of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples” was a panel discussion featuring Dr. Aaron Franks, SSHRC Visiting Fellow in Indigenous Research and Reconciliation, Hubert Lussier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions Sector, Department of Canadian Heritage, Kim Scott, Director, Research and Policy Coordination, Assembly of First Nations, Paul Thoppil, Interim Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Strategic Direction and CFO, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, and Catherine MacQuarrie, Senior Executive in Residence, IPAC.

A first-hand account of Reconciliation Begins With Me – The Workshop

Recently IPAC and the Canada School of Public Service collaborated on developing and testing a workshop specifically for public servants on reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples. IPAC is now offering the course to public services across the country as part of our contribution to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action, specifically #57 which calls on governments to provide education to public servants on Indigenous peoples, cultures and history. 

What You Need to Break Into the Next Level of Leadership

- by Guest Blogger Joanne Goveas, Learning Advisor, Rotman Executive Programs The business landscape changes more quickly than ever now, and we are facing massive changes in the demographics of the workforce as well as disruption.  So what is it that makes some leaders so much more successful than others? When you think of leaders who … Continue reading What You Need to Break Into the Next Level of Leadership

Can the Millennial Generation Rescue Government?

By Beth Bell, Vice President, Canadian Public Sector, IBM Global Business Services Connect with Beth Bell – email / Twitter / LinkedIn I recently had the opportunity to speak at an IPAC conference and share a thought leadership piece I had a part in writing. It was on a topic that is a point of passion for me – how … Continue reading Can the Millennial Generation Rescue Government?

Indigenous Government Program at IPAC January, 2016

It’s an exciting time for First Nation, Inuit and Métis people in Canada.  As we prepare to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, it feels as if there is at last a collective will to deal with - as Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett put it - “the unfinished business of Confederation”.  From the attention being paid by individuals, community groups and media to this country’s devastating history of Residential Schools, to the growing celebration of talented Indigenous artists and innovators, to the provincial premiers’ pledge to action and an unprecedented federal government commitment... well, there are lots of reasons to be hopeful.