2022 Roundtable Recap
In 2022, the Two Eyed Seeing Network facilitated 17 Roundtables to uncover new pathways forward for workforce development and inclusion. Each Roundtable hosted participants from Indigenous communities/organizations, Industry leaders, Workforce development professionals, Education/Training authorities, and Indigenous Youth. Highlights from each of the discussions are shared on this page.
Understanding and Building Rapport
Understanding how to engage with Indigenous youth and communities is vital to the success of any collaborative plans together. Building rapport, and relationship is a process that takes time. The network discussed at length the success strategies they have experienced with building that trusting and reciprocal relationship, which leads to practical project planning.
One Size Does Not Fit All
A journey to discovering your place in life, community and your local economy is not a straightforward route. Taking a look at the varying needs of students helped us in the network to understand how to diversify training strategies to be more accessible.
Youth Need To Be Involved In Their Own Futures
One fact that continued to recur is the fact that we cannot continue planning for a certain population without their input. Adding youth to the conversations we were having was of the utmost importance, to ensure our knowledge base and planning were aligned with what youth needed. Coming from that process was a session in which we were able to brainstorm how exactly we can build strategies that included youth voices.
Understanding Local/Provincial Market Opportunities
When discussing the local and provincial opportunities for Indigenous Youth, we became aware that 48% of Indigenous Youth that engaged with the network needed more information to make an informed decision on entering the skilled trades; with this understanding the network dedicated one of the final sessions to brainstorming how exactly to reach youth with information about opportunities.
Taking a Step Back
Last but certainly not least, our final discussion focused on what we as community members can do to support Indigenous Youth that needs some stabilizing support before moving on to training and employment. How can youth take a step back, and root themselves in a foundation that they can build on?
Regional Roundtables #2
The second set of Regional Roundtables focused on exploring the desired furture state of BC's economy. This is where we developed an understanding of the barriers Indigenous youth face when developing their career pathways, and imagining what the future state of workforce development would look like to support success for Indigenous Youth around BC.
Regional Roundtables #1
The first set of Regional Roundtables focused on exploring the current state of BC's economy. This is where we developed an understanding of the realities Indigenous youth face when developing their career pathways, and exploring how the network could support success.