Chapter 11 Diversity, equity and inclusive lessons from a workplace in the Canadian Arctic
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This chapter is about leadership that supports diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and its challenges in the context of Inuit and multicultural workplaces in the newest and largest territory in Canada, Nunavut, more specifically in the field of social services. The workforce is diverse, consisting of Inuit employees (30-60%) and others (40-70%) who are of varied ethno-cultural backgrounds, gender, abilities, immigration status and sexual orientation. The research method utilized is reflective practice that is aligned with, both, Inuit Societal Values and social work practice in cross cultural settings thus complementing and supporting the natural, non-intrusive and non-interference manner of which the research is conducted. The lessons learned are: the challenges of DEI workplaces are varied and complex, however, embedding cultural values and leading in a culturally congruent and safe manner creates the environment that supports employees of diverse backgrounds. Further, shared leadership, that is based on mutual respect and appreciation of diverse skills and knowledge appears to be the most common and successful approach while firmly rooted in the Inuit culture. Recommendations for future research is expending and complementing lessons learned by conducting participative research through action learning, action research, in order to bring Indigenous and multicultural voices forward, further informing specific strategies aligned and supportive of the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.

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