Making Connections - Bridging Cultural Awareness in the Workplace

Date and Time

Starts:06/20/2023 12:00 PM

Ends:06/20/2023 2:30 PM

Registration Closes:06/19/2023 2:30 PM

Event Type: Webinar

2.5 CPD Hour(s)



HRPA Members: Free or Optional $5 Donation
Non-Members: $45 + tax

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Additional Information

Event Sponsor

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, HRPA is hosting this session to help Canadians recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.   

This discussion will highlight the requirements for building and sustaining relationships with Indigenous communities by understanding cultural traditions and ways to create inclusive and equitable work environments for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. This session will equip HR leaders with the necessary tools and best practices to support their journey of restorative work. It will enable attendees to become equity-informed, culturally aware business leaders with knowledge on how to create an environment of psychological safety and belonging for Indigenous employees. 


12:00 PM – 12:15 PM    - Opening Remarks 

12:15 PM –  2:20 PM   -   Panel: Lived Experiences + Workplace Best Practices Discussion

2:20 PM – 2:30 PM    -  Closing Remarks 

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Learning & Giving Back!  As suggested by HRPA members and as part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility, HRPA has identified Indspire and Black Youth Helpline as recommended charities. Should you wish to support please select the $5 donation option upon checkout. Thank you!


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Speaker bio(s)
V. Ophelia Rigault, M.Ed. (She/Her) - Moderator

V. Ophelia Rigault is an EDI Educator, Speaker and Trainer and has presented and trained at over 500+ speaking engagements. Ophelia helps inclusive leaders and organizations to build communities of belonging across Canada and the US. She teaches and speaks at the intersection of joy & equity to inclusive leaders on creating communities of belonging.

Ophelia is passionate about working alongside resilient and authentic leaders to create equitable and inclusive work cultures. She knows what it feels like to be excluded and left out due to my gender and race. That is why inclusion, diversity, equity, and access are at the heart of my focus.

Some of Ophelia’s work has appeared in CIBWE, Global TV, YourTV Kingston, BPW Canada, Women Mean Business, St. Lawrence College, Queen's University, and countless other organizations and businesses.

Ophelia approaches her work from a place of empathy, compassion, and encouragement. The best way to connect to me is to send me a direct message or through my website at

Carrie Lamb, Professional Indigenous Coach, Speaker, and Consultant

Indigenous talent advocate, Leadership Coach, and consultant to senior to entry-level talent including within Teams. Carrie Lamb centers her coaching practice with wholistic, Indigenous worldviews to support mindset breakthroughs. Her career in Human Resources has spanned over 17 years working in a variety of sectors with recent experience in the healthcare sector.

In her career, curiosity regarding the dynamics of how people interact with each other in organizational environments has been an area of interest which led her to Coaching. It became apparent to her that the need to provide a space of clarity seeking for individuals was needed after supporting numerous employee wellness initiatives where deeper exploration of self was often at the heart of many employee wellness imbalances.

Carrie's Coaching style is derived from her understanding and lived experiences as an Indigenous person. She is currently a volunteer Board of Directors for Vancouver Native Housing Society as well as casual volunteerism to multiple Indigenous organizations across British Columbia

Ashley Richard, Owner - Ashley Richard & Associates

Ashley Richard is a proud Indigenous and Filipina woman residing in Treaty 1 Territory, with family from Pine Creek First Nation and Camperville, MB. She has over a decade of experience working with Indigenous communities and her current area of focus is Indigenous strategic development in industries such as entrepreneurship, non-profits, and manufacturing.

Krystal Abotossaway, Senior Manager, TD Bank

Krystal Abotossaway is from Aundeck Omni-Kaning First Nations and Chippewas of Rama First Nations. She is an urban Ojibwe Anishinaabe Kwe. Krystal is a well sought after expert, speaker and leader on Indigenous engagement. As Senior Manager at TD Bank, she is currently rotating through the various centre of excellences within the HR function. Providing strategic counsel, execution support, and collaborating across internal teams and external partners. Krystal has successfully completed her Masters degree at York University in Human Resource Management. She is also actively pursuing her Masters of Business Administration at Ivey, Western University.

As the President of the Indigenous Professional Association of Canada she is helping to redefine the agenda and identify new measures for advancing the opportunities for and the capabilities of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.

Taalrumiq Christina King, Artist & Designer

Taalrumiq is an Inuvialuk and Gwich’in artist, fashion designer, cultural educator and digital content creator, originally from Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. Using the same traditional materials as her ancestors and in her signature bold style she combines art, fashion and storytelling true to her contemporary vision. She shares Inuvialuit culture with the world from an authentic perspective through social media, sharing her journey of reclaiming and celebrating Indigenous identity in contemporary times.

Anne Dear

I am a Kanyen'keha:ka (People of the Flint; Mohawk), Wolf Clan, professional, educator, and member of the Akwesasne First Nation. My passion and work are related to community building and exploring the world through an Indigenous lens to facilitate truth and reconciliation. This involves a deep understanding of power, privilege, racism, and bias from an Indigenous perspective and the tools to be a changemaker.