Indigenous Community Engagement Consultant

Job Opportunity

Posting Date: December 13, 2018
Closing Date: Until suitable candidate found
Department: Indigenous Relations
Status: Temporary/Contract ending on or before January 2021

Position Summary:

The Indigenous Community Engagement Consultant (ICEC) champions the Indigenous Community Engagement Strategy for Fort Edmonton Management Company (FEMCo). By adhering to a creative and effective plan the ICEC maintains FEMCo’s Indigenous Relations practices while establishing new collaborative working relationships with Indigenous Nations, communities, and organizations across Alberta. Key to this role is leading and facilitating engagement sessions within Indigenous communities and organizations for the purpose of building new relationships; to gather, document and organize culturally diverse historical and contemporary narratives and to help assess reproduced artifacts.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Reporting to the Director, Indigenous Relations, this position will be responsible for:

  • Building relationships with Indigenous communities while adhering to community protocols
  • Organize and facilitate community engagement sessions with Indigenous communities in Alberta
  • Must provide a work plan for all engagement sessions with outcomes
  • Interview community members using a variety of multimedia formats; must provide follow up on all interviews
  • Collect, organize and prioritize data as per Indigenous Peoples’ Experience themes
  • Assist in the research, assessment and provide recommendations to the Indigenous Advisory Committee on time period specific reproduced artifacts, photos, and related material culture
  • Review narrative and reproduced artifacts for accuracy and completeness

Qualifications Required:

  • Masters or PhD in Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies or related program preferred; Bachelor’s degree in Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies or related program combined with significant relevant experience will be considered
  • Fluency in Indigenous Language(s) an asset, including both oral and written
  • Experience in collecting and citing primary sources, including oral history interviews
  • Formal writing experience through education and/or for publications with a strong technical writing ability
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities, groups, associations etc an asset
  • Minimum of 2 years project management experience including, budget adherence, scheduling, and planning
  • Experience with data collection and storage, specifically the collection, entry, and reconciliation of data into an electronic database

Knowledge Skills & Abilities: 

  • Must have a thorough understanding of diverse Indigenous protocols in Alberta, for engagement with community members, Elders, Cultural Knowledge Keepers, and elected Leaders
  • Direct experience in working within local Indigenous communities required
  • Must be able to use digital media equipment (audio and visual)
  • Must be able to apply OCAP principles in working with Indigenous communities
  • Knowledge of a variety of history including diverse Indigenous histories, languages, cultural protocols of Indigenous peoples’, knowledge of Western Canadian History focusing on Treaty history in Alberta including knowledge of political landscape and relevant legislation
  • Experience working with historical artifacts an asset

Working Conditions:

  • This is a temporary position ending on or before January 2021
  • Working independently and also as part of a small team
  • Non-standard working hours will be required to meet the needs of the communities we work with, including evenings and weekends
  • Rigorous travel schedule during peak summer months to remote rural areas, may include overnight stays to visit multiple sites during one trip
  • A security clearance with vulnerable sector completed which is acceptable to the employer will be required as a condition of employment
  • Valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s license or provincial equivalent and a 5 year drivers abstract may be required at time of offer
  • Access to reliable transportation for travel within Alberta required

We are committed to diversity at FEMCo, as an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample for consideration to FEMCo thanks all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.