Indigenous Relations Advisor

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We recognize and respect that New Westminster is on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Halkomelem speaking peoples. We acknowledge that colonialism has made invisible their histories and connections to the land. As a City, we are learning and building relationships with the people whose lands we are on.

As a central hub in the Metro Vancouver area, the City of New Westminster delivers a broad spectrum of urban services to over 77,000 residents. It is a city rich in history with a viable and thriving economy, a population representative of the diversity of the region, and is staffed by talented and dedicated employees who work together to achieve its strategic vision. The City of New Westminster has earned a proud reputation for civic leadership, service delivery, and outstanding employee relations.

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Indigenous Relations Advisor will provide corporate leadership, oversight, and strategic guidance in advancing the Reconciliation and Indigenous Relations Framework. This position will work closely with Mayor, Council, City staff, and external partners, while playing a critical role in building strong government relationships with local First Nations and Indigenous Communities.

The Indigenous Relations Advisor is the subject matter resource for the City in leading, implementing, and advancing Council’s strategic direction, objectives, and commitments within the Reconciliation and Indigenous Relations Framework. The Indigenous Relations Advisor works collaboratively with Council, City staff, and external partners in overseeing the City’s approach to government relations with the local First Nations and Indigenous communities.

The ideal candidate will have diverse professional experience including private and public sector government experience where programs and initiatives were advanced through collaborative relations. The position requires an inclusive, collaborative, and strategic leader with skills in project management, major research, and writing of reports and strategies. The role requires excellent interpersonal communication with the ability to develop inclusive and collaborative partnerships, governance, and public engagement. This position requires demonstrated experience in a relevant field of work that includes Indigenous Relations, supported by relevant training, education, and lived experience.

In accordance and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, this position will be treated as a preferential hire. Indigenous Peoples who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must self-identify in their application.

Should you be interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity with the City of New Westminster, please contact Harbour West Consulting at 604-998-4032 or forward your resume and letter of introduction, in confidence, to info@hwest.ca. We will respond to all who express interest.