Diversity Training Workshop

The PEI Public Service Commission provides diversity awareness training programs to employees in understanding the diversity in workplace.

What are the objectives of the Diversity Training Program?

  • To increase knowledge of participants related to workplace diversity
  • To learn the impact of diversity issues in the workplace
  • To develop open and honest dialogue through sharing and active participation
  • To identify personal goals
  • To provide information on rationale of legislative framework and Human Rights Act
  • To help employees work together in new and productive ways

What are the benefits to participants?

After attending the training participants will be able to:

  • Define diversity and understand the importance of a diverse workforce
  • Adjust to changing demographics
  • Lead and work efficiently with a diverse team
  • Recognize the value of each employee’s unique contribution

Training modules available to PEI public service employees in the Diversity Workshop

Valuing Diversity (PDF - 214.96 KB)

The Valuing diversity module was designed to help employees and managers to raise their understanding of diversity, importance of diverse workforce, various legislation and human rights framework.

Cultural Diversity (PDF -290.53 KB)

The Cultural diversity module was designed to raise the understanding of cultural aspects, including immigration trends, multicultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and population demographics.

Building a Diverse & Inclusive Workforce (PDF -287.21 KB)

This training module is designed for senior managers on diversity awareness, responsibilities such as accountability, leadership, diversity related conflicts and diversity management in the workforce.

Multicultural Education Program

The Multicultural Education workshop is designed for front-line staff, managers and senior managers. This workshop provides services to newcomers and culturally diverse communities.

The workshop covers:

  • Why newcomers are coming to PEI
  • What culture is and how it affects communication
  • Inter-cultural communication
  • Understanding newcomer’s perspectives
  • Valuing cultural diversity
  • Learning tools for expanding personal awareness
  • Becoming familiar with culturally diverse clients and customers
  • Creating positive and meaningful interactions with newcomers

Mi’kmaq Training Program

The Mi’kmaq Training program is specially designed for PEI public sector employees and managers.

The workshop covers:

  • Information about PEI aboriginal history, traditions and cultures
  • Understanding of aboriginal unique cultural aspects
  • Mi’kmaq government, legislative requirements and aboriginal relationships
  • Aboriginal values, partnerships with community groups and aboriginal

Mi’kmaq Training Program Curriculum

Unit 1: Traditional Mi'kmaq Culture and History

  • PEI ancient history
  • Mi'kmaq worldview
  • Two-eyed seeing video
  • Mi’kmaq history
  • Story sharing
  • Group discussion

Unit 2: Contemporary Mi'kmaq Society

Role of Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI

  • Identity Game
  • Mi'kmaq Identity
  • Impact of Residential Schools; Mi'kmaq spirituality and culture
  • Aboriginal Justice
  • Group discussion

Unit 3: Consulting with the Mi'kmaq

  • Provincial Consultation Policy
  • Role of MCPEI regarding governance; Band governance; General Consultation background
  • Consultation and Mi'kmaq land and resource use
  • Education and Consultation
  • Health and Consultation
  • PRIDE Program and Consultation
  • Group discussion

About PEI Statistics

  • Prince Edward Island’s current population is estimated to be 146,283 people as of July 1, 2014, with a 0.53 per cent annual growth rate over 2013.
  • The province has the fifth highest immigration rate in the Canada.
  • Prince Edward Island was the only Atlantic Province to have population growth in 2014.
  • The number of international immigrants coming to PEI in 2013/14 increased by 62.1 per cent compared to the previous 12 months.
  • There are currently Islanders from 90 different cultures residing here on PEI.
  • Between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 the main destinations of out migrants from PEI were to Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia.
  • In-migrants during this period were from Ontario, Nova Scotia, Alberta, New Brunswick and Quebec.
  • Employment on PEI increased by 1.8 per cent in 2013 to average 74,100 for the year, a new all time high.
  • Statistic Canada estimates that the Canadian economy expanded by 2.0 per cent in 2013.

PEI’s total population in 2012 was:

  • 16 per cent of the population were age 0-14
  • 22 per cent were age 50-65
  • 16 per cent were 65 or older
  • 46 per cent of population aged 15-49

Source: Statistic Canada population report 2014.