Respectful Onsite Initiative

BCIB’s Respectful Onsite Initiative is a comprehensive approach to supporting all workers on CBA projects.

BCIB values the diversity and strengths of an inclusive worksite where everyone has the opportunity to build a career in the trades.

The initiative is based on two pillars: Education & Training + Worksite Culture.

The vision for this initiative is to build an environment where employees are treated fairly and respectfully by co-workers and colleagues on all BCIB worksites. This vision will be achieved by working in coordination and collaboration with contractors and partners for CBA projects.

Becoming inclusive requires hard conversations to be had, therefore BCIB is on-site with people managers to support the learning taking place and necessary conversations being had. An inclusive and respectful worksite culture is everyone’s responsibility. BCIB’s worksite culture contributes to the retention and growth of a diverse, skilled workforce for the province.

Inclusion. Diversity. Equity.

BCIB is committed to supporting everyone on CBA projects to build their communities and build a career.

Having new knowledge, skills, and tools to effect change is powerful. Use yours to find new ways for Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers and colleagues to work collaboratively to develop and implement culturally-appropriate strategies for practical action in your workplace.

Dr. Paulette Regan, author of Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada, former Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada research director and senior researcher/lead writer on the Reconciliation Volume of the TRC Final Report (2015).

Indigenous Cultural Competency Training

History Matters! Indigenous Cultural Competency and Reconciliation in the Workplace

The greatest distance a human being will ever travel is the distance from their head to their heart. Only when we can speak heart to heart will we find our way forward together.
Tsewanooek [Elder Dr. Bob George (Hon.) Tsleil Waututh]

BCIB’s Indigenous Cultural Compentency training, History Matters! Indigenous Cultural Competency and Reconciliation in the Workplace is based on Tsewanooek’s teaching and the decolonizing principle that moving from our heads to our hearts requires knowing and understanding our history. How do we reconcile differing understandings of Canada’s colonial history? How can we bring the past to light in order to question the old stories we tell about each other? How do we create new stories of reconciliation based on mutual respect, inclusivity, and equity? Intercultural teams guide participants through a journey that examines pre-contact through to the present day in an honest telling of history, its legacy for Indigenous peoples, its impact on our relationships, and ends with ideas about how best to move forward together.

Find out more about History Matters! Indigenous Cultural Competency and Reconciliation in the Workplace here.

The non-Natives that work here, they had no clue what was going on…They are not aware of what we have gone through and what we have been through, our culture and history. For them to actually find a place in their heart for us, that has a lot of meaning for us. We are one unit and that is how we should always be

Joey August

Be More Than A Bystander

The BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT) is proud to partner with BCIB to support their objective to increase employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades and ensure that CBA worksites are welcoming, inclusive, healthy and safe workplaces for everyone. The partnership will help recruit and support women in the trades, build up male leaders to assist in addressing gender-based bullying and harassment, and providing respectful worksite training resources.

Be More Than a Bystander training will be provided by BCCWITT bystander spokesmen to workers at all levels, providing information and tools to prevent gender-based bullying, harassment, and violence. This powerful program encourages leadership, centres around respect, and is a key part of the Respectful Onsite Initiative at BCIB.

Find out more about what BCCWITT and the Be More Than a Bystander training is all about here.

The [Be More Than a Bystander] training was super good. It’s super important that if you see something go wrong or something potentially could go wrong, to speak up and not be a bystander… It’s just good humanity to take that program.

Ross McMillan

Frontline Leadership Training

All BCIB supervisors on each site receive Frontline Leadership Training.
This training helps our supervisors on site provide leadership and access to support when employees need it the most…

Through our work with various partners, our supervisors have been trained to help
those managing workplace, social or personal challenges. This training is an essential part of what we do at BCIB to make sure our worksites are safe, diverse, and free from bullying and harassment.

The CLC United Way Labour Community Advocacy program

The CLC United Way Labour Community Advocacy program is a cornerstone of the Labour and United Way Partnership that has been in place for over 30 years. The goal of this prevention-based program is to help union members in the workplace. Labour Community Advocates improve lives and help strengthen our communities through the work that they do. They also develop life-long skills and relationships that benefit them both in their personal lives, and within their union, workplace, and community. This program can be an integral part of an organization’s involvement in building and strengthening the community, as well as monitoring the wellness of the worksite.

BCIB On-Site workers are trained in the following:

  • Community Services
  • Principles of Communication
  • Interviewing and Referral Skills
  • Equity in Referrals
  • Addiction and Dependency
  • Mental Health
  • Harassment and Bullying
  • Critical Incidents
  • Conflict Resolution

For more information on this program, click here.

Gender Based Analysis Plus Training (GBA+)

All of our corporate office staff, through the Government of Canada Status of Women Office, are required to obtain their Completion Certificate in the Introduction to Gender-based Analysis+ course. Additionally, all directors and managers take part in a BCIB GBA+ Information Session. This training is a new approach to policy, program, and legislation development that is centered around people. It examines a range of identity factors like sex, gender, race, ethnicity, age, and others. This training ensures that decision-makers are aware of the equity issues related to the decisions they make.

For more information on this program, click here.

JEDI Training

In addition to the Be More Than a Bystander training, BCCWITT will be providing J.E.D.I. training (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) through their Just Workplace program to frontline leadership. More information to follow.