Position Summary

Job Posting

Associate Self-Government Coordinator

1-year term, Full-Time

(potential extension upon program funding approval)


The Musqueam people have lived in our present location for thousands of years. Our traditional territory once occupied much of what is now Vancouver and surrounding areas. The name Musqueam relates back to the River Grass, the name of the grass is məθkʷəy̓. There is a story that has been passed on from generation to generation that explains how we became known as the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) – People of the River Grass.


Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, our community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs. Today our population flourishes and we are a strong community of over thousand members. To learn more about Musqueam, please visit


Musqueam Indian Band is seeking an Associate Self-Government Coordinator. The Associate Coordinator will report to the Associate Director of Title & Rights Service Group and will serve as an integral part of the Title & Rights Service group and negotiation team for the Self-Government Agreement with Canada. The A/Coordinator will seek and provide advice, and will develop and maintain relationships across government and Musqueam administration. The A/Coordinator is responsible for planning, developing, and reviewing information related to recognition and reconciliation and provide support, internally and externally, on administrative issues related to work related to the Self-Government Agreement. The Assistant Coordinator is responsible for developing and engaging the community on Musqueam’s Self-Government Agreement and will facilitate the negotiation related to the Agreement by disseminating information and acting as an alternative points of contact, and will take on other duties as required.



  • Provide support services to the self-government negotiating team and political representatives on:
    • Determine and understand departmental requirements and issues and trends in relation to self-governing Indigenous nations
  • Work alongside the Self-Governance Community Coordinator to provide support and assistance where needed.
  • Assist and coordinate community engagement sessions with Elders, Knowledge Holders, and various other demographics in the community.
  • Develop, in accordance with the SGA, the community ‘Constitution’ with the Self-Governance Community Coordinator.
  • Undertake planning, and identify priorities related to Self-governance:
    • Identify key team members within Musqueam, and ensure that all information is received as disseminated and that timelines are clearly indicated
    • Organize meetings, agendas, and meeting minutes
  • Support negotiations as part of the Musqueam negotiation team on key aspects of recognition, reconciliation, consultation and accommodation in working groups and side-table working groups with federal, and other agency negotiators:
    • Document the interests and expectations of Canada;
    • Respond to community and third party consultation issues; and
    • Work with Self-Governance Community Coordinator in engagement and development of materials for all self-government related meetings.
  • Identify the range of issues to be negotiated by:
    • Assisting the negotiators to identify the range of issues to be negotiated
  • Participating in working groups with senior management and/or political representatives concerning issues that will be negotiated by Musqueam
  • Establish and maintain positive communication and relationships within Musqueam First Nation, government departments, various organizations, and First Nation partners to ensure interests and expectations of these groups are identified and responded to
  • Participate in projects as required and/or delegated –coordinating resources, ensuring appropriate consultation, and ongoing and final reporting
  • Participate in sub-meetings related to large projects in order to coordinate information for multiple departments across the organization. Follow up, develop responses, collect, and disseminate information.
  • Engage in research, analysis, policy development, and implementation of Musqueam Self-Governance policies, as delegated by Associate Director.
  • Prepare or coordinate preparation of administrative reports, including reviewing and analyzing statistics, financial data, and management planning data for predicting resource needs and developing long-range plans


Qualifications & Education:

  • Skills and knowledge attained by successful completion of a post-secondary degree in Political Science, First Nations studies, or a related field and/or equivalent level of experience.
  • A good understanding of Indigenous politics and law
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a closely related field or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


Technical Skills:

  • Strategic thinker with excellent analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Exceptional communicator with excellent writing skills;
  • Detail oriented;
  • Ability to work in a group as well as independently;
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and complete tasks/project in accordance with stated deadlines;
  • Ability to be discreet, and use tact and good judgement;
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and complete tasks/project in accordance with stated deadlines;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.


Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office environment.


Please email cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

and reference “Associate Self Government Coordinator” on the subject line


Applicants of Musqueam and/or Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply.