The International Indigenous Employment Symposium was held Napier, Aotearoa New Zealand from 28-30 November 2016.
It was organised by Jody Hamilton (JMP Consulting) and her team, supported by whanau and her network of leaders and facilitators.
The overall aim of the symposium was to contribute to improving sustainable employment outcomes for Maori and other Indigenous people.
Specifically, the symposium aimed to address these questions:
What new and innovative ways can we learn to improve employment outcomes for Maori in New Zealand and Indigenous people in other countries?
What can we do to increase successful Indigenous self-employment?
What relationships can we build to improve sustainable employment outcomes?
What employment tools and resources are getting good results?
What can we learn from international experience to improve professionalism in the employment services sector?
The symposium attendees came from a range of backgrounds including employment and recruitment service providers, education and training providers, business development service providers, businesses (Indigenous and non-Indigenous), employers (Indigenous and non-Indigenous), industry advisors and consultants, tribal and Indigenous organisations, local government and government agencies, philanthropic organisations, community organisations and communities.