The goal of the Baakaakonaanan Ishkwaandemonan program is to recognize the efforts made by employers to create inclusive workplaces.

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About the Program

Baakaakonaanan Ishkwaandemonan (pronounced “bah-kah-ko-nah-nun shkwahn-deh-monun”) – Opening Doors for You focuses on identifying current best practices and promoting existing resources available for supporting the hiring of newcomers and Indigenous job seekers.

The goal of the BI program is to recognize the efforts made by employers to create inclusive workplaces, and encourage employers to understand the value and benefit to hiring newcomers and Indigenous job seekers.

BI rewards employers for engaging with existing service providers and fostering an inclusive workplace. Employers that complete a certain number of tasks will receive recognition in the media and free advertising and promotion online plus they will be provided with a visual identifier for their business storefront window and/or website. The project highlights best practices and recognizes employer champions who have demonstrated their commitment to hiring newcomers and indigenous workers.

Overview of the program

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News & Events

May 04, 2017
First Nations leaders presenting on energy project experiences and lessons learned including renewable energy, employment & training opportunities and community energy planning.
Apr 26, 2017
Promotes cross-cultural understanding, municipal and technical cooperation, and most importantly, economic development opportunities.
Apr 12, 2017
In Thunder Bay on April 12, 2017. The workshop traces the history of the TRC, looks at its Calls to Action, and asks participants, ‘What does Reconciliation mean to you?’
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Meet Our Champions

Meet Thunder Bay District Employers who are proactive, innovative and are working toward inclusive and diverse hiring strategies to increase Indigenous and Newcomer workforce participation.

Baakaakonaanan Ishkwaandemonan is a program of the Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC). The LEPC uses community consultation, research, and evidence-based practices to spur innovation in workforce development in our region.


This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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