Indigenous Consultant

Requisition ID: 4459 
Number of Vacancies: 1.00 
Department: Diversity (20001210) - Diversity (30000523) 
Salary Information:  $83,246.80  -  $104,067.60
Pay Scale Group:  9SA
Employment Type:  Regular
Weekly Hours:  35, Off Days:  Saturday and Sunday   Shift:  Day
Posted On:  October 4, 2021
Last Day to Apply:  October 15, 2021
Reports to: Manager, Racial Equity Office 


The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is North America's third largest transit system and has been recognized as one of the top places to work in the GTA. Guided by a forward-thinking strategic plan, the TTC's vision is to be a transit system that makes Toronto proud. The TTC's recruitment efforts are directly aligned to its mission of providing "a reliable, efficient, and integrated bus, streetcar and subway system that draws its high standards of customer care from our rich traditions of safety, service and courtesy."  Our forward-thinking recruitment efforts are focused on continuing to build a workforce that is accessible, diverse and inclusive, and trained to meet the transit needs of our customers.


The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) seeks to continue building a workforce that reflects the greater diversity of its customers and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  Through this Special Program posting, the TTC is looking to fill the new role of TTC Indigenous Consultant with an Indigenous leader who can work towards addressing, navigating, and overcoming the existence and effects of systemic anti-Indigenous racism.  It is expected that the role will meet this objective in several ways including, but not limited to, having subject matter expertise, leading and supporting anti-Indigenous racism initiatives through the Anti-Racism Strategy and engaging with Indigenous communities.  Due to the nature and purpose of this position, preference will be made to applications from candidates who self-identify as First Nations, Inuit and Métis.


General Accountability


An Indigenous Consultant is required to bring an anti-Indigenous racism lens to support development of this strategy and to provide subject matter expertise through their lived experience and knowledge in making changes to TTC systems, policies and processes.  This position is responsible for the development and implementation of anti-Indigenous racism initiatives at the TTC.  The incumbent will be responsible for supporting the work being done in policy, training, programming, and instructional materials and for removing barriers for Indigenous talent in employment and the delivery to TTC services.  The TTC is seeking a strong Indigenous leader who will contribute to achieving objectives of the TTC’s Anti-Racism Strategy, strengthen the TTC’s relationship with Indigenous communities, and advancing truth and reconciliation at the TTC.


Key Job Functions

  • Facilitates community development activities related to the TTC’s Anti-Racism Strategy
  • Develops working relationships with Indigenous organizations, community members, and employees
  • Ensures the perspectives of Indigenous community members and employees are reflected in the TTC’s Anti-Racism Strategy and initiatives 
  • Initiates, manages and maintains inter-departmental partnerships and integrated service planning for Indigenous Peoples
  • Provides consultation and education to TTC Executive, management and employees on Indigenous history and culture to remove barriers and promote inclusive workplace practices 
  • The Indigenous Consultant will also work with the TTC’s Revenue Protection and Special Constable Services departments to address systemic racism in enforcement activities involving Indigenous customers and to build relationships with Indigenous communities
  • Researches, develops, and provides training for use of an anti-Indigenous racism analysis tool/lens, through which to review, identify and remove barriers in TTC policies, processes and , practices 
  • Promotes and advises on the collection and analysis of data to identify and remove racial inequities
  • Develops anti-Indigenous racism training (including training on Indigenous Peoples, histories, perspectives and realities) and facilitates training across the organization 
  • Partners with the TTC’s Talent Management department to remove barriers for Indigenous talent in the recruitment process
  • Reviews and develops Request for Proposal (RFP) for the removal of barriers for Indigenous consultants or organizations in the procurement process
  • Liaises and builds strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders (including the City of Toronto’s Indigenous Affairs Office), community partners, consultants and TTC departments 
  • Works with residents and service providers in the community to develop and support innovative and accessible service responses to issues and actions identified in the TTC’s Anti Racism Strategy
  • Develops and implements, with key stakeholders, appropriate strategies to implement projects, partnerships and coalitions that executes TTC’s Anti-Racism Strategy
  • Facilitates the development, maintenance and/or coordination of relevant racial equity community and employee networks and service mechanisms including the TTC’s Racial Equity Advisory Committee
  • Provides strategic advice to TTC leadership on Aboriginal/Indigenous Affairs and reconciliation, justice, equity, diversity and human rights in accordance with the TTC’s priorities
  • Recommends strategies to resolve emerging issues by using expertise and knowledge to determine best solutions, for example, through the use of established policies and guidelines to adapt or enhance existing techniques, frameworks for analysis and evaluation
  • Prepares and/or presents a variety of departmental reports including board reports, presentations, RFPs, recommendations and key deliverables related to area of responsibility in a timely manner
  • Assists the Manager - Racial Equity with the establishment of the section’s business plan and operating budget
  • Substitutes for the Manager – Racial Equity  as required;.
  • Promotes an accessible and  respectful work and service environment for all employees and customers that supports diversity, inclusion, and is free from discrimination and harassment
  • Ensures the needs of employees and customers are accommodated in accordance with the TTC’s commitments and obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and Related Orders, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and TTC’s policies

Education and Experience

  • Completion of a diploma or degree in Indigenous Studies,  Sociology, Social Work, Community Development, Community Health Promotion or the  equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Indigenous subject matter expertise with experience identifying, preventing and addressing  anti-Indigenous systemic racism
  • Extensive experience applying community engagement principles and strategies and an understanding of the issues, services and programs that exist for Indigenous communities
  • Considerable experience in community development and in creating and implementing responses to address changing needs of communities
  • Experience designing, developing and delivering a variety of popular and non-traditional, culturally appropriate materials to support community engagement
  • Experience writing reports, project plans, briefings and policy papers for senior management that include strategic advice and recommendations on sensitive issues

Additional Requirements

  • Lived experience as a First Nations, Métis or Inuit person
  • Considerable knowledge of current and historic legal frameworks that impact First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples
  • History of establishing effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong conflict resolution, interpersonal and problem-solving skills and the ability to develop consensus and recommend effective, strategic solutions at the community level
  • Highly developed facilitation and coaching skills and the ability to teach others
  • Knowledge of curriculum development/ instructional design principles, practices, adult education principles, techniques, methodologies, instructional systems design
  • A general knowledge of applicable government legislation/regulations in the areas of employment, occupational health and safety, labour and human rights
  • Sound judgment in managing public and human relations
  • Ability to travel to various locations in Toronto
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include;,  shift work, and occasional evenings and weekends
  • Ability to support the TTC’s values to ensure a culture that champions equity, anti-racism, diversity and respectful workplaces
  • Ability to operate as an organized, fully accountable project leader, self-directed team member and member of a staff team
  • Ability to navigate conversations that are highly complex in nature with professionalism, tact, analysis, and discretion
  • Ability to influence others, both internally and with external partners, towards common goals
  • Must have or rapidly acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the OHRC (Ontario Human Rights Code) and Related Orders, including disability accommodation and accessibility requirements under the AODA pertaining to customers and employees

To find out more about the TTC and to apply online, by October 15, 2021, please visit, click on “current employment opportunities” and enter Requisition ID 4459 in the search field.

We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The TTC is committed to fostering a positive workplace culture with a workforce that is representative of the communities it serves. Committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, the TTC encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Accommodation is available for applicants, including those with disabilities, throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources - Employment Services at 416-393-4570.

The TTC’s Employment Policy prohibits relatives of current TTC employees from being hired, assigned, transferred or promoted into positions, where there is a conflict of interest due to relationship. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be required to disclose the name, relationship, and position of any relative who is a current TTC employee.