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Intergovernmental Advisor, Specializing in Indigenous Relations

The City of Guelph is a vibrant and diverse community with a unique sense of place located in southern Ontario along the Innovation Corridor that runs between Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. We are also one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities with a projected population increase from 135,000 people to almost 170,000 in the next 10 years. Guelph is consistently ranked as one of the best places in Canada to live, work, and play—all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – an inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.

Resumes are being accepted for the permanent full-time position of Intergovernmental Advisor Specializing in Indigenous Relations within the Strategy, Innovation and Intergovernmental Services department of the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer at the City of Guelph. Reporting to the Manager, Policy and Intergovernmental Relations, the successful applicant will exhibit a strong dedication to relationship-building and reconciliation as well as a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate will have deep knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures and worldviews and a connection to Indigenous communities.

This role will also contribute to the implementation of the City’s annual Advocacy Plan and the Intergovernmental Relations Strategic Framework. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Corporate Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision for an inclusive, connected, and prosperous city.


  • Lead the City’s relationship-building with key First Nation and Métis government partners and provide advice to City departments on Indigenous relations with the aim of advancing reconciliation
  • Lead the development and implementation of an Indigenous Engagement Plan for the City of Guelph
  • Ensure the City is meeting its legal and procedural obligations as it relates to Aboriginal and Treaty rights
  • Identify and support the implementation of Indigenous engagement best practices for a variety of City initiatives
  • Advance the implementation of the City’s annual advocacy plan and the City’s Intergovernmental Relations Strategic Framework
  • Coordinate the City’s response to provincial and federal consultation processes
  • Support the identification and preparation of strategic grant applications
  • Prepare briefing notes, meeting notes, Indigenous Engagement records, digital presentations, policy papers and other written materials
  • Coordinate intergovernmental meetings and opportunities for the City and its leaders to advance Guelph’s priorities
  • Track, monitor and communicate legislative and policy developments of potential impact to the City
  • Provide strategic legislative and policy analysis and advice on emerging issues and opportunities of the day
  • Support the development of strategic intergovernmental and advocacy approaches, including policy development, implementation and associated communications work
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A combination of education and/or experience related to the duties listed above normally acquired through the completion of a university degree or college diploma in Indigenous Studies, Public Administration, Political Science, Law or a related discipline, or a minimum of five (5) years demonstrated experience in Indigenous relations.
  • Demonstrated lived experience with First Nations, Métis, Inuit or mixed ancestry communities is considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated expertise in Indigenous relations, reconciliation and relationship-building.
  • Experience in government relations or advocacy work.
  • Awareness of current intergovernmental and Indigenous relations issues, trends, and developments.
  • Highly developed research, analysis and policy recommendation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaboration, networking, facilitation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple assignments to meet deadlines.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Grant writing experience would be considered an asset.
  • Past municipal, provincial, federal and/or Indigenous government experience would be considered an asset.
  • Indigenous ways of knowing are considered an asset.
  • Indigenous language skills considered an asset. French language skills considered an asset.


$ 75,634.49-$85,088.80

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Thursday November 4, 2021. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.