Handling a lot of the in-house labour and policy work for Onion Lake Cree Nation is the job for members of the Human Resources department. The department oversees work in a lot of areas for the Cree Nation including:
- Labour relations
- Policy and procedures
- Health and safety
- Harassment and discrimination
- Job descriptions
- Recruitment and selection
- Performance and management
- Training and development
- Employee and orientation
- Employee benefits
There are a number of challenges facing Human Resources, however, as other departments are always in need of HR services and involvement in various matters. As a result, the staff is overwhelmed at times because the department is short staffed. The department also does not have the budget to provide training and support to all staff in additional programs. Outdated policies and procedures also impede staff members from providing support to other departments.
Despite these hurdles the HR department has had successes over the past year. The benefits administrator completed the transition of switching benefit providers. The department also renewed the contracts for a majority of programs – a majority of contracts which were outdated.
Moving forward the department is looking to train staff members and challenge the Canadian Human Resource Professional exam. There are also hopes to develop a centralized HR department for the entire Onion Lake Cree Nation – one which would be semi-separate from Council and administration.