Established in 1982, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is modelled after the United Nations General Assembly. AFN is a national advocacy organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada, which includes more than 900,000 people living in 634 First Nations communities and in cities and towns across the country.
First Nations leaders (Chiefs) from coast to coast to coast direct the work of AFN through resolutions passed at Chiefs As-semblies held at least twice a year. The AFN National Executive is made up of a National Chief, 10 Regional Chiefs and the chairs of Elders, Women’s and Youth councils. The role of the National Chief and the AFN is to advocate on behalf of First Nations. This includes the facilitation and coordination of national and regional discussions and dialogue, advo-cacy efforts and campaigns, legal and policy analysis, communicating with governments, including facilitating relationship building between First Nations and the Crown as well as the public and private sectors and the general public.
As the new Director of Treaties and Implementation of Rights, you will lead a team of dedicated professionals that are knowledgeable and committed to advance AFN’s strategy and implementation for First Nations treaties and claims related issues including: specific claims, comprehensive claims, self- government and treaty implementation. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, you will work closely with and support the Chief’s Committee and Techni-cal Committee and will assist in implementing the National Chief’s mandate and lead effective national advocacy strategies in all First Nations treaties and claims related issues.
As the Director, you will develop and ensure positive, reciprocal relationships with First Nations on a national, re-gional and community level as well as with international Indigenous groups and organizations and mainstream leadership and representatives. Working closely and regularly with government officials, you will thrive on negotiat-ing, advocating and advancing First Nations positions, policies and interests in all matters related to treaties and claims. You will lead and manage all the organization’s planning initiatives, developing broad strategies and policy positions, for all related matters.
You bring significant knowledge and understanding of both historical and modern day treaties and issues in First Nations communities and you are passionate about Aboriginal Rights. With superb interpersonal, advocacy and negotiation skills, you will be respected for your strategic views and judgement A post graduate degree in political science, law or a related field combined with a 5 years plus relevant senior management experience is required. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be taken into consideration.
For more information or to apply for this exciting Ottawa based opportunity offering strong benefits and pension plan, and relocation assistance, please contact Brock Higgins at 613-788-8254 ext 101 or submit your resume and related information electronically to brock@hiwinsinccom.
For more information on the Assembly of First Nations please visit www.afn.ca