Addressing Power Dynamics in Employment Services
November 4, 2021 from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
The access link for this session will appear for registered attendees on November 4.
Underlying some of the relationships between underrepresented groups in Nova Scotia and the government and its institution is dynamics of power that have acted to maintain the hierarchical status quo. When the groups under representation is a result of historical oppression, like for the Aboriginal and African Nova Scotians and people of African descent (ANS/PAD) the power dynamics become ossified. The D&I project aims at dismantling the inimical power dynamics in the career development sector and empower more ANS/PAD to enter the sector and build capacity in the employment ecosystems. The project also aims at expanding the black communities patronization of NSW employment service providers., This session provides an overview of how the D&I project has negotiated these power dynamics in the career development sector.
Kwesi Yeboah is the CEI IDEAS Research Coordinator and is the evaluation lead for the CIIYE and D&I projects. Kwesi’s most recent research is investigating how Africentric education is operationalized in Canada at the Toronto Africentric Alternative School and Nova Scotia’s Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI). Currently Kwesi is applying his educational theories in the employment and career development sector.
Brenda Gatera is the Engagement and Stakeholder Coordinator at the Centre for Employment Innovation. She is passionate about creating equitable and safe spaces to help support meaningful system change with Nova Scotia employment sector.
Angela Bear is a Certified Career Development Practitioner who has worked within the Nova Scotia Works Employment Services system for several years prior to joining the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI), Coady International, St. Francis Xavier University Extension Department in 2017 as the Navigator of New Initiatives. Born and raised in Nova Scotia and self-identifies as an African Nova Scotian woman, Angela has a passion for social change and creating more diverse and inclusive systems so all individuals can live a full and abundant life. Leading innovative programs that are driven by first voice, co-developed, designed and implemented into systems through collaborative efforts with partners and stakeholders, builds the solid foundations to trusting relationships. Angela believes that creating social change is achieved by committing to doing the hard work which involves engaging in difficult conversations, sharing stories and taking time to respect and validate individuals then reflect on what the missing gaps are within a system with a focus on rebuilding policies and practices to be welcoming, safe and inclusive for all.
With over 20 years of experience in government, academic and community sectors, and as an entrepreneur, adult educator, wife and mother, Jaime Smith is passionate about an equitable and socially just future. Jaime is the Director of Social Innovation at the Coady Institute and Executive Lead for the Centre for Employment Innovation at St. Francis Xavier University. She is also on the executive of Engage Nova Scotia’s board of directors, a co-founder of Pictou County 2020, and past board director for Nova Scotia Health, chairing the committee for Public Engagement.