Tmicw Engagement Coordinator, Skeetchestn Natural Resource Corporation
Skeetchestn is a strong, prosperous and sustainable community of the Secwépemc Nation that respects all people, our culture, our land, water and all living things. As Tmicw (Resource) Engagement Coordinator, you will actively use your diverse knowledge and experience in natural resource-based sciences, communications and First Nations supporting Skeetchestn Natural Resources Corporation in asserting rights and title and aligning SNR’s operations with collective Secwepemc responsibilities for protecting traditional territories.
Working under the direction of management and Chief and Council, this new Coordinator position will operate as part of the Secwepemc Territorial Stewardship Office at Skeetchestn Natural Resources Corporation (SNRC), reporting to SNRC’s CEO.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
- Represents Skeetchestn on a consistent basis at various external forums: government-to-government tables, boards, committees, working groups, regulatory reviews and industry forums.
- Maintains relationships, communications, and information flow with Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc (SSN), Qwelminte te Secwepemc (QS), BC ministries, agencies, other bands, and community members.
- Represents Skeetchestn on a consistent basis at various groups convened by our major internal forums, in particular SSN and QS;
- Maintains relationships, communications, and information flow between internal/external tables and SNRC management / Chief and Council in accordance with internal protocols.
- Drafting issues briefs for CEO and Chief and Council, and internal committees as needed
- Attends and supports referrals committee
- Processes referrals for Skeetchestn Indian Band from government and development proponents; drafts (with guidance) responses to external referrals
- Assists with development of new external engagement processes, governance structures and Secwepemc permitting systems
- Assists with identifying funding sources and writing grant proposals for SNR heritage and environmental projects
- Assists with policy and agreement review
- Identifies and assists with sourcing external qualified professionals to assist in project reviews and skills development
- Assists with identifying and pursuing capacity building opportunities for SNRC arising out of territorial protection goals and initiatives
- Other office-based duties as required
NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
- Knowledge and understanding of First Nations communities, ancestral responsibilities, title and rights, Indigenous sovereignty, culture, and issues are essential including: a thorough appreciation, awareness, working experience and sensitivity of Indigenous history and culture; and, Understanding of Indigenous issues relating to land, water, air and living inhabitants-based rights and title
- Ability to develop and maintain working relationships with local, regional, provincial and national representatives in government, industry and Indigenous communities.
- Professional communication proficiencies including verbal and written communication skills, presentation skills, writing ability, computer proficiency and information management and authentic interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated teamwork, leadership skills and visionary ability to inspire and empower others.
- Familiarity with Skeetchestn, Stk’emlupsemc or Secwepemc territory
- Computer skills; competence with MS office and other common programs and office equipment
- Punctual, reliable, flexible and adaptable to changing conditions and tasks.
- Organizational skills
USEFUL ADDITIONAL KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
- Professional accreditation or potential to qualify as an RP Bio, RPF, or PAg; or accumulation of relative certifications and experience in natural resource field, Indigenous rights and negotiations.
- Knowledge of Secwepemctsín (Shuswap language), history, governance, and culture.
- Familiar with the environment of Indigenous relations with government, and aware of the history related to reconciliation.
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in biological/hydrological sciences, resource and environmental management, and/or business management; or an appropriate combination of education, indigenous mentoring and experience.
- 5 years’ recent, related experience. An equivalent combination of education, experience, skills and abilities may be considered.
- Be willing to sign oath of confidentialities and maintain confidentiality in respect to information and is aware that they hold a position of trust with respect to confidential information as required in the discharge of their duties.
- Valid class 5 BC driver’s license, must submit annual driver’s abstract and copy of driver’s license.
- Must undergo a criminal record check upon hiring.
- This is an office-based, local position located in Savona. The Skeetchestn Indian Band is a member of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation, located 60 kilometers west of the city of Kamloops.
- Salary Range from $60,000 to 80,000 per year, depending on qualifications
Preference will be given to individuals with Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Métis), in accordance with The Aboriginal Employment Preferences Policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.