Our client, a Canadian multinational energy transportation company with a focus on the transportation, distribution, and generation of energy, has an immediate need for an Community and Indigenous Engagement Advisor. This is a contract position for five (5) months located in Prince George, British Columbia.
Under the leadership of the Manager Indigenous Relations, this position is accountable for managing Indigenous consultation processes, while providing advice into the development and implementation of strategies, policy and programs for safe and environmentally responsible operations within a defined geographical area. This includes developing protocols and programs designed to strategically deliver consistent, effective, and mutually beneficial engagement and consultation processes with Indigenous communities. This role will include designing targeted capacity building programs to support Indigenous Relations Strategy, including developing and implementing engagement strategies, structuring consultation protocols and implementation oversight, relationship agreement making, and providing advice into project teams. Overall, internally, this position will provide strategic and tactical advice, build confidence, and generate managerial support for Indigenous matters, within company operating areas. The role has a significant impact on mitigating potential financial and regulatory risks associated with continuing safe operations activities as well as the design and development of successful expansion projects. Additionally, the role will support innovative economic development solutions that will influence sustainable change throughout the organization in support of Indigenous procurement program.
Assist in the development and implementation of strategic protocols and approaches which will provide a basis for consistent and effective engagement with Indigenous communities to build trust, support safe operations and expansion projects, with the ultimate goal to deliver mutual benefits derived from mutual interests.
Effective external communication ensure company interests are communicated in a culturally respectful manner to Indigenous peoples, to build an understanding of the practical realities of a pipeline company and present a scope of the opportunities available in the industry.
Strategic external relationships provide strategic advice into the maintenance of relationships with provincial, federal and regional Indigenous and provincial organizations.
Where required, negotiate, or facilitate resolutions in undefined, complex, and dynamic situations which have the potential to impact system operations, expansion, or relationships. Implement working and relationship agreements:
ensure consistent implementation.
effective management of agreement obligations to ensure the terms deliver the outcomes expected.
build sustainable long-term relationships, including economic development, cultural support, social responsibility; and
develop and implement a framework within which operations and maintenance activities are conducted; as well as define the scope of projects and activities which require consultation and notification.
Assist in the development and implementation of strategies to distribute effective internal communication on Indigenous legal and governance matters that will influence relationships, operations, and expansion capability.
Partner of Choice develop and implement consistent strategies to facilitate regional Indigenous community engagement and mitigation dialogues, social engagement (literacy, community health), issues management,
Indigenous Supply Chain Procurement Program and position as a credible partner to communities and government.
Strategic internal relationships participate in building an effective Indigenous cultural awareness program within lead strategic discussions with managers with respect to delivery of the Indigenous Relations Strategy.
Project lifecycles provide preliminary risk assessments to business development, develop consistent internal processes to support Crown consultation, field studies (i.e. traditional land-use, traditional ecological knowledge, archaeology) and to facilitate Indigenous community engagement and mitigation dialogues.
Contribute in developing strategy positions and issue management in support of special projects, for example:
interest in treaty negotiation, including treaty negotiations within the purview of the BC Treaty Commission.
Projects and activities which require long-term engagement and consultation.
Interim treaty measures land-use agreements, resource sharing agreements; and
Building healthy communities to enable strong leadership, leading to positive engagement. (ie. overtime, travel, shift work, standby)
Ability to travel is required. Overtime and weekend work as required
Ability to organize ones time and commitments independently from others within the organization
Willingness to work in a high stress and sometimes highly emotional environment
A broad understanding of Indigenous culture, history and politics (BC and western treaties)
Ability to analyze, summarize and explain complex ideas, risks and challenges to West leadership in a balanced manner that ensures that responsibilities, goals and objectives are considered and included.
Ability to influence decisions rendered by other functional groups leadership, which could impinge or complement this role.
Required Experience and Qualifications
Education Degree or diploma or professional designation; for example related to social sciences, law, business or resource management
Professional/Technical Certification or Licenses Preferred
Valid driver’s license required
0-3 years directly related experience in the AR industry, including:
Indigenous relations historical and legal environment (for example Delgammukw, the Indian Act, Specific