Supports indigenous training

Re. Poll: Should Indigenous-language training be offered to federal employees? (Castanet, Aug. 15)

In reference to the poll on offering training to federal employees, I agree with this.

As a retired federal employee, French language training is offered as well. My understanding is all federal departments must have some English and French bilingual federal staff and managers available to respond in the language needed by the recipient.

This was in place in my department for many years.

Departments could hire and train Indigenous staff for various federal employment positions to respond to the need as well.

In my department I worked with some Indigenous co-workers and managers that were in various positions throughout my career. Non Indigenous staff could be offered training.

Mary Lou Siemens, Kelowna

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