Position Summary

The Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) Coordinator works with the Secretariat and serves as an integral part of the Intergovernmental Affairs team.  The Coordinator is responsible for reviewing and assessing incoming referrals and facilitating large negotiation files related to title and rights by disseminating information and acting as one of the main points of contact.  The Coordinator works as part of a team developing and reviewing policy related to title and rights, providing support, internally and externally, on policy, programs, and administrative matters related to Musqueam title and rights.  The Coordinator will seek and provide advice, and will develop and maintain relationships across government and non-governmental institutions and organizations. The Coordinator is responsible for reviewing and assessing incoming referrals and facilitates large negotiation files related to title and rights by disseminating information and acting as one of the main points of contact.


Roles & Responsibilities

  • Provide advice and support services to the Secretariat, senior management, Title and Rights Committee and political representatives on:
    • Policy relating to First Nation relationships in title and rights and related fields
    • Research on legal matters and academic literature – this requires the ability to gather, interpret, analyze, and evaluate information and data.
    • Determine and understand departmental requirements, issues, and trends in First Nation and government relationships.
  • Review and analyze incoming referrals, undertake strategic planning and identify priorities related to title and rights:
    • Identifying key team members within Musqueam and ensure that all information is received and disseminated and that timelines are clearly indicated;
    • Assist in developing capacity funding budgets and ensure agreements are in place if necessary and that monies are received;
    • Arrange meetings, agendas, meeting minutes.
  • Engage in research, analysis, policy development and implementation of Musqueam title and rights policies in collaboration with the Secretariat. Responds to inquiries internally and externally on matters relating to First Nation title and rights policies, departmental programs, and services;
  • Supports and participates in negotiations as part of the Musqueam negotiation team on key aspects of consultation and accommodation in working groups and side-table working groups with provincial, federal, and other agency negotiators, as required;
    • Document the interests and expectations of the Province and Canada; assist in formulating strategies and approaches that will achieve agreement;
    • Document and advise on necessary requirements for achieving agreement through liaison with appropriate representatives (typically Title and Rights Committee and/or Council).
    • Assist with the development of consolidated Musqueam position by obtaining appropriate senior management and political participation and agreement;
    • Respond to community and third party consultation issues;
    • Identify issues where agreement cannot be reached and must be referred to the principals;
  • Identifies the range of issues to be negotiated by:
    • Assisting the Negotiators to identify the range of issues to be negotiated and formulating negotiations strategies through consultation with senior management and negotiation team;
    • Participating in working groups with senior management and/or political representatives concerning issues to be negotiated by Musqueam; coordinating research processes and activities;
  • Establishes and maintains positive communication and relationships within Musqueam Indian Band, other government departments, various organizations, and First Nation partners to ensure these groups’ interests and expectations are identified and receive response;
  • Participates in the Process Facilitation team for the MST Protocol Working group and other Lands files: support teams to disseminate information and serve as the logistical point of contact for crown governments and agencies;
  • Work collaboratively with multiple departments at other First Nations on projects within shared traditional territory in order to coordinate timelines, due dates and response;
  • Participates in projects as required and/or delegated – ability to manage projects which includes, but not limited to, coordinating resources, ensuring appropriate consultation, ongoing and final reporting;
  • Participates 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;
  • Participate and provide support at meetings, conferences, and regional sessions, internal and external committees as required;
  • At the request of management and/or T&R Manager, or at own discretion, prepares and/or coordinates the preparation of:
    • Correspondence for management, senior management, Title and Rights Committee, and/or Chief and Council.
    • Briefing materials for the IGA Manager, Chief, Council, Committees of Council (e.g., Title and Rights Committee), working Groups, and senior management. These include researching issues and ensure prepared responses are consistent with Musqueam policy and direction.
  • Other duties as required.


Qualifications and Skills

  • Skills and knowledge attained by successful completion of a Post-secondary degree in Political Science, First Nation Studies, Communications or Aboriginal Law or a related field, Master Degree or a minimum of three years’ experience in a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Cultural competency and knowledge of Musqueam and First Nation cultural traditions is an asset
  • Some Project management methods and skills (including resourcing, planning, executing and reporting)
  • Skill in the use of workplace technology, specifically computers, communications equipment, business software
  • Successful Criminal Record Check


Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional communicator with excellent writing skills, grammatically exact and in a conversational style complemented with editing skills
  • Ability to use tact and good judgment
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and complete tasks/projects in accordance with stated deadlines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Working Conditions

  • The work is performed in an office environment
  • Some evenings may be required


Please email cover letter and resume to: [email protected] and reference “Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator” in the subject line.

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

Position will remain open until filled.


* We thank all those who apply, however, only those short-listed will be contacted.