Diversity and Inclusion

Indigenous Employees Advisory Committee

What is the Indigenous Employees Advisory Committee?

The Indigenous Employees Advisory Committee (IEAC) provides strategic advice to the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) on strategies and approaches to attracting, recruiting, advancing and retaining Indigenous employees within the GNWT.

Established in 2009, the purpose of AEAC is to:

  1. increase the representation of indigenous Aboriginal people at all levels in the Public Service; and
  2. create a working environment that supports and promotes Aboriginal employees at the GNWT.

For more information about the Indigenous Employees Advisory Committee, please refer to the IEAC Terms of Reference.

What does the Indigenous Employees Advisory Committee do?

The IEAC advises and recommends initiatives to enhance Indigenous employment within the public service. The roles and responsibilities of IEAC are:

  • Provide advice and recommendations to the Deputy Ministers’ Human Resources Committee through the Co-Chairs;
  • Recommend initiatives to be incorporated into 20/20: A Brilliant North Public Service Strategic Plan;
  • Identify and recommend measures necessary to address challenges to the GNWT Affirmative Action Policy;
  • Identify and recommend approaches to recruitment, retention, and promotion of indigenous Aboriginal people in the GNWT;
  • Provide advice and recommendations on the role of the GNWT in working with other governments in areas of Aboriginal human resource development;
  • Consider any other matter the Deputy Ministers’ Human Resources Committee refers to the committee; and
  • Act as role models, ambassadors and advocates for Aboriginal employees in the regions.

What has the IEAC accomplished?

The Committee's accomplishments include:

  • The AEAC played a key role in the development of the Aboriginal Management Development Program, and continues to provide recommendations to improve the program. Currently in its fourth year, this program is intended to facilitate workforce planning for senior management positions by developing qualified Aboriginal persons to fill senior management roles.
  • A middle management position has been added to the Aboriginal Management program, now filling three Senior Management positions and one Middle Management position.
  • The Department of Human Resources (now Finance) partnered with IEAC and delivered an Aboriginal Inclusion Survey to all GNWT employees. The IEAC’s Co-Chairs sit on the steering committee that oversaw the survey, and IEAC members provided advice on the survey’s development. 
  • The IEAC assisted in the development of the GNWT’s Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training. Launched in June 2013, this training is intended to enhance Aboriginal cross-cultural understanding and reaffirm the fundamental interest the GNWT places on including Aboriginal values in program and service design and delivery. In July 2013, this training was selected as a Top Ten Innovation in the 10th Annual Innovations in Diversity Awards, by Profiles in Diversity Journal.
    • Face to face facilitated training occurred through the NWT in October and November 2013, and the training modules are available to GNWT employees and the public.

Who are the members of the Indigenous Employees Advisory Committee?

AEAC membership includes two co-chairs and six members representing the regions.


  • Williard Hagen, Deputy Minister of Lands
  • Martin Goldney, Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations


  • Beaufort Delta – Adam Binder, Senior Finance Officer, Department of Finance
  • Sahtu – Leeroy Andre, Renewable Resource Officer III, Environment and Natural Resources
  • North Slave/Tlicho – Joseph Nayally, Regional Manager, Career Development, Education, Culture and Employment
  • South Slave – Keith Bonnetrouge, Highway Transport Officer Supervisor, Department of Transportation
  • Deh Cho – Natasha Harris, Regional Superintendent, Education, Culture and Employment
  • Yellowknife – Roger Fraser, Manager of Operations, Forests, Environment and Natural Resources.

For more information on the AEAC, please contact:

Mr. Willard Hagen,
Co-Chair, AEAC
867-767-9035 ext. 24000

Mr. Martin Goldney
Co-Chair, AEAC