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Justice Policy Advisor

The Métis National Council is currently looking to hire a Policy Advisor – Justice.

The Métis Nation is a distinct Indigenous people recognized under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982.  The Métis National Council (MNC) and its Governing Members advocate for the Métis Nation.  The primary mandate of the MNC is to work with federal and other key stakeholders to resolve systemic issues and concerns of the Métis Nation such as the fiscal relationship with the federal government; economic development; health; childcare and family services; education; environment; Métis veterans, and language promotion and protection.  The MNC represents the Métis Nation both domestically and abroad and seeks to reinforce the Métis Nation’s right to self-government in Canada.

Job Description

As the Policy Advisor – Justice, your role is to support the Métis Nation to develop, influence and/or implement strategies, policies and practices to positively impact the well-being of the Métis Nation both Nationally and Internationally. This is achieved by understanding the justice priorities of the Métis Nation and ensuring that their interests and needs are accurately reflected in new and existing federal policies, legislation and other initiatives that safeguard their rights affirmed in UNDRIP. This role also supports the justice needs of the Governing Members, the MNC and Métis citizens.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Act as a supporting advisor on all areas relating to justice matters impacting the Métis people.
  • Provide research and recommendations for policy directions, specifically related to UNDRIP.
  • Participate in, and support work under the Permanent Bilateral Mechanism.
  • Research and analyze proposed or existing justice policy or program positions impacting the Métis population and provide guidance on how they could be developed or updated to deliver positive outcomes.
  • Research, analyze and submit policy solutions and proposals that respond to the needs of the Métis Nation citizens, the legal and legislative structures of the relevant subject area and jurisdictions, and the positions, capacities, and priorities of the MNC and Governing Members.
  • Attend and participate in various governmental and agency committees, forums, meetings, and conferences dealing with justice matters affecting Métis people, as requested.
  • As requested, represent MNC at various national and international governmental and agency committees, forums, meetings and conferences dealing with matters affecting the Métis Nation. Pro-actively exchange ideas and provide advice and feedback to external stakeholders on effectiveness of current and proposed strategies, policies, programs and initiatives. Ensure MNC priorities and interests are reflected in program development.  Identify gaps and recommend opportunities for improvement.
  • Assess and synthesize discussions emanating from federal department and agency consultations and prepare insightful and timely reports to MNC officials.
  • Establish relationships with regional, provincial, domestic and international organizations and agencies and collaborate to shape justice policies, programs and strategies for the Métis Nation.
  • Prepare or contribute to technical press releases, communications, position papers and responses to inquiries regarding MNC positions on justice or other relevant matters.
  • Keep abreast of federal and international justice developments impacting Métis peoples. Draft reports to ensure that the MNC and other key stakeholders are made aware of these developments and their implications in a comprehensive, clear, and timely manner.
  • Draft technical speaking and briefing notes and provide in-depth explanations of significant federal and international justice issues for MNC President, and other senior officials as needed.
  • Contribute to technical press releases, communications, position papers and responses to inquiries regarding MNC positions.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Law degree is preferred but will consider applicants with a graduate degree in a related field such as Indigenous Studies, Public Policy, Political Science and recent experience in a policy or advocacy role
  • A demonstrated passion for the law and justice as they relate to indigenous peoples
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous, federal and provincial political systems
  • Research experience, including solid understanding of quantitative and qualitative research principles and methods
  • Proficiency in analytical and strategic thinking
  • Demonstrated leadership, problem-solving and decision-making ability
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills
  • Excellent judgement, discretion and respect for the confidentiality of information
  • Superior listening skills and relationship building ability. Ability to easily connect with people at all levels and understand and accommodate their needs and interests
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking and time-management skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in an environment with fast changing requirements

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to advocate/influence national decision-making bodies
  • Proven ability to establish and leverage national policy networks
  • Research experience with exposure to policy development at the national and international level
  • Knowledge and understanding of Canadian federal and provincial political systems
  • Experience or understanding working with the Métis Nation or other Indigenous people
  • Strong attention-to-detail
  • Strong aptitude for creative problem-solving
  • Excellent judgement and diplomacy
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team
  • Willingness to travel domestically and abroad, at times with short notice
  • Proven ability to establish and leverage national policy networks

Salary: $95,000 annually

Plus, employee package which includes vacation and sick leave, Group Benefits, and RRSP Contribution.

Start Date: June 2022

For more information, please contact:

Director of Legislative Affairs & Justice: Brandon Macleod at [email protected]

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