Chorus Aviation Inc.’s subsidiary, Jazz Aviation LP (Jazz), has proudly accepted the inaugural year Indigenous Reconciliation award from the Government of Canada’s Employment Equity Achievement Awards.
This accolade formally recognizes Jazz’s commitment to fostering meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
Diversity Initiatives at Jazz
Randolph deGooyer, the president of Jazz, expressed the company’s pride in cultivating an employee base that mirrors the rich diversity of the communities it serves.
“Jazz is proud to have an employee base that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve,” stated deGooyer. This commitment extends beyond mere words, as Jazz actively engages in initiatives to support Indigenous youths interested in or pursuing careers in aviation.
Charting a Course for Inclusivity
Jazz’s recognition for Indigenous reconciliation is anchored in initiatives such as its Diversity Blueprint.
This comprehensive plan outlines how diversity is ingrained as a core foundation in the company’s policies and procedures.
The emphasis lies in identifying and eliminating barriers faced by Indigenous employees, thus fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment.
Fostering Connection and Education
An instrumental component of Jazz’s commitment is the Indigenous Employee Resource Group. This forum serves as a space for information sharing, fostering connections, and providing education and training opportunities.
It plays a pivotal role in ensuring that Indigenous employees have a voice within the organization.
Leave for Traditional Indigenous Practices
Acknowledging the importance of cultural practices, Jazz has developed a Leave for Traditional Indigenous Practices policy in consultation with Indigenous employees.
This demonstrates a nuanced understanding and respect for the diverse backgrounds and traditions of its workforce.
Beyond the Workplace
In July of this year, seven Indigenous employees represented the airline at the 2023 North American Indigenous Games, showcasing the company’s dedication to active participation and immersion in Indigenous cultural experiences.
This not only enhances employee engagement but also contributes to a broader cultural exchange.
Support for Indigenous Youth
Jazz’s commitment to Indigenous youths and those aspiring to pursue a career in aviation is manifested through various avenues.
The annual Indspire scholarships, recruitment resources dedicated to Indigenous candidates, and collaborations with Indigenous educational institutions and employment organizations exemplify Jazz’s proactive approach in creating opportunities in the aviation sector.
“I am so proud of where I come from and so grateful that I’ve always been able to embrace my identity as a Mohawk within Jazz,” shared Lily Dailleboust, a Jazz flight attendant.
Her sentiment reflects the company’s success in fostering an environment where employees feel respected and valued.
Colin Copp, president and chief executive officer of Chorus, acknowledged the significance of this recognition.
“This is outstanding recognition for Jazz and an honor to be included in the inaugural class of award recipients for Indigenous reconciliation,” remarked Copp.
The award underscores the carrier’s exemplary efforts in not just meeting but surpassing the expectations in fostering reconciliation with Indigenous communities.
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