Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers in 2018.

What is the GNWT Diversity and Inclusion Unit?

The Diversity and Inclusion Unit works with all GNWT departments, boards and agencies to provide direction, advice and coordination for workforce diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Current Diversity and Inclusion initiatives include:

  • the Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Awareness Module, an online program to help employees become more knowledgeable and aware of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, find the tools to build a more inclusive workplace, and help to create an inclusive workplace for all employees.
  • the GNWT Advisory Committee on Employability, which provides advice on ways to promote inclusion and increase workforce representation of persons with disabilities;
  • the Indigenous Employee Advisory Committee, which 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; and
  • Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training, which provides information and context for NWT communities and regions and the residents we serve. Although the training is intended for GNWT employees, it is available publicly for anyone who would like to increase their awareness and understanding of NWT Indigenous cultures.

  • Indigenous Management Development and Training Program, which supports the professional development of Indigenous Aboriginal employees within the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) by providing the necessary skills training and/or work experience for career advancement.

  • Indigenous Career Gateway Program, which supports the career objectives of NWT residents who are designated Indigenous Aboriginal Persons, under the GNWT Affirmative Action Policy, who are interested in a career with the territorial government.

  • Regional Recruitment Program, which provides a link between vacant positions and local northern residents through on the job training.

  • In-person LGBTQ2S+ Inclusive Workplace Awareness Training to provide employees with the necessary knowledge and tools to recognize key terms associated with the the LGBTQ2S+ community, identify and apply respectful behaviour and to support co-workers and clients within the LGBTQ2S+ community.