In 2016, the TPC completed a Baseline Assessment study of Yukon First Nation self-government employees and their training needs. This report is intended to further Yukon First Nation capacity development and training initiatives by establishing a starting point for current best practices and challenges, and highlighting points for consideration and further discussion with governments and training organizations. If you would like to obtain a copy of the report or schedule a presentation please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The objective of the study was to answer the following questions:
1. Who are Yukon First Nation workers?
2. What is the workload of Yukon First Nation workers?
3. What are the stresses related to job descriptions and work expectations of Yukon First Nation workers?
4. What are the major challenges to training and professional development for Yukon First Nation workers?
Some highlights of the report include:
1. Training content for Yukon First Nation government workers needs to be delivered within a Yukon First Nation cultural context.
2. There are workplace realities that impact training success:
- Crisis management is a workplace reality for most Yukon First Nation government workers. It is a factor that can diminish the mental health or well-being of staff members. It can negatively affect or impact on-site training initiatives.
- Yukon First Nation employees’ workloads can be overwhelming, directly impacting stress levels and the mental health of staff members, making training less appealing.
- Fostering a safe work environment is a constant challenge for Yukon First Nation governments. The reality of lateral violence, favouritism, and difficulty in enforcing office protocols can impact productivity, stability and how employees assess their self-worth.
- For training to be successful, it is crucial the study’s findings about Literacy and Essential Skills are addressed.
3. Understanding how First Nation people learn, how they retain information and how they pass knowledge on, is critical for developing training courses, workshops and delivery models that will yield high success rates.
4. Yukon First Nation workers need to have access to on-going support once they have attended a course.
- Yukon First Nation people learn best by listening, seeing, and then doing for themselves.
- Training delivered using exclusively the western model of learning, can negatively impact retention levels and the successful application of new skills.
- Applying new skills is not always easy because once Yukon First Nation workers return to the community the demands on their time can make it impossible to use the new systems or skills they have learned. This can trigger feelings of frustration and elevate stress levels.
5. There is a need for First Nation mentors and advisors to guide a stronger training implementation process.