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The GNWT supports a competent and well trained public service, and provision of training and development opportunities that support employees’ ability to effectively and efficiently deliver department and agency mandates to serve the residents of the Northwest Territories.

There are a variety of learning and development opportunities available to employees including:

  • Courses, seminars, sessions are available in HRIS/SAM through the Learning tile.
  • Developmental Transfer Assignments
  • Special projects
  • Acting opportunities
  • Working with colleagues to redesign a work process
  • Dealing with a dissatisfied customer or difficult supplier
  • Leading team meetings
  • Leadership Development Program
  • Management Series
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Job shadowing

You are encouraged to speak with your supervisor about specific learning, training and/or development needs and to identify these on your annual learning plans.

GNWT Learning and Development 

The Department of Finance coordinates a range of learning and development opportunities for GNWT employees to help ensure employees have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for effective job performance. The GNWT offers a variety of instructor-led courses and online self-study modules for employees to enroll in through the Learning Tile in SAM/HRIS.

Living Well Together: Indigenous Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Training for GNWT Employees.
Living Well Together is self-directed training that helps GNWT employees further develop cultural competencies and play a more active role in reconciliation. As a manager, you are accountable for ensuring that your employees complete this mandatory training and know how to apply what they’ve learned into their roles as public servants. The Manager's Toolkit provides additional information to help manager's and supervisors support their employees as they complete the Living Well Together training.

Leadership Development Program

The GNWT is currently reviewing leadership development training options and anticipates a 2022/2023 program for its employees.

Management Series
The Management Series provides a consistent knowledge base for managers and supervisors in GNWT policies and processes, and offers a blend of mandatory and elective courses.   Most individuals delivering the courses are existing GNWT employees with specific technical expertise and experience in the subject matter.  To be eligible for the program, participants must have at least one directly reporting staff member. 

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Awareness Module

This online learning program helps employees become more knowledgeable and aware of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, find the tools to build a more inclusive workplace and create an inclusive workplace for all.

The module is divided into three parts:

  • Diversity in the NWT and Canada
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Diversity Management Outcomes

LGBTQ2S+ Inclusive Workplace Awareness Training

LGBTQ2S+ Inclusive Workplace Awareness Training is offered to all GNWT employees with support from the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife. The content of this half-day course is designed to provide all GNWT employees with the necessary knowledge and tools to recognize key terms associated with the LGBTQ2S+ community, identify and apply respectful behaviour and to support co-workers and clients within the LGBTQ2S+ community. By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Gain a basic understanding of key terms within the LGBTQ2S+ community;
  • Identify the barriers and unique challenges that LGBTQ2S+ employees may experience in the workplace; and
  • Take action in creating and supporting a healthy, inclusive workplace.

The Working Mind

The Working Mind (TWM) is an education-based program designed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. This training is aimed to:

  • Improve short-term performance and long-term mental health outcomes including resiliency
  • Reduce barriers to care and encourage early access to care
  • Provide the tools and resources required to manage and support employees who may be experiencing a mental illness

Participants are provided with valuable information, skills, tools and resources specific to:

  • Stigma and barriers to care
  • Healthy coping strategies
  • Mental toughness
  • The Mental Health Continuum Model, a self-assessment tool with indicators of positive, poor, and declining mental health

This course includes scenario-based practical applications and custom videos of people with lived experience of mental illness, participant reference guides, and related handouts.

References & Authorities:

HR Manual:
1409: Education Leave
1410: Short-Term Education Leave

GNWT Online Learning & Development

Client Service Representative for more information on education leave.