Research Officer

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Author pmnationtalk
Date July 8, 2019
Type Full Time
Company First Nations Information Governance Centre
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Research / Development
Client FNIGC
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Research Officer

Deadline for applications: Friday, July 26, 2019 (or until position is filled)

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is an incorporated non-profit organization operating with a special mandate from the Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in Assembly (Resolution #48, December 2009). FNIGC’s Vision is that every First Nation will achieve data sovereignty in alignment with its distinct worldview.

In addition to serving the information, research, training and capacity development needs of First Nations people and communities, FNIGC is home to the First Nations Regional Health Survey (FNRHS), the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education, and Employment Survey (FNREEES) and the First Nations Labour and Employment Development (FNLED) survey.

Job Summary

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is the steward of the principles of OCAP®—Ownership, Control, Access and Possession of First Nations information by First Nations—at the national level.

Through its ten-member regional structure, FNIGC works to support the goals of all First Nations in information management and research governance, and promotes First Nations self-determination in general through good information and research governance practices.

The Research Officer will work closely with the Senior Management team under the direct supervision of the Senior Manager, OCAP® and Information Governance, in supporting First Nations’ capacity in information and research management and governance as an important pathway to First Nations self-determination. The Officer’s key contribution will be incisive research on key topics related to data governance and First Nations data sovereignty.

The primary case study will be the existing and proposed linkages between ISC/CIRNAC and Statistics Canada data sets. Analysis will include:

  • threats and opportunities for First Nations data sovereignty;
  • changes in the accessibility and operability of data for First Nations;
  • technical, ethical, jurisdictional, and social implications for open data/open government;
  • the role of digitization;
  • the relationship to archiving and information curation practices; and
  • other issues, as determined.

Duties & Responsibilities

1. Research

With a focus on the ISC/CIRNAC-Statistics Canada data linkages case study, support FNIGC’s research activities in the field of data linkages.  This will include opportunities to disseminate research through reports, presentations, and, where appropriate, academic articles and book contributions. Creative, multimedia, and visual dissemination formats will also be considered.

2. Support the integration of cross-unit research at FNIGC

Apply findings and emergent questions on data linkages to the issues of open data and open government, digitization, information and archiving systems, and First Nations data as a cultural, social, and economic resource, among others. Brief the Senior Management team and other team members in these areas.

3. Support the design of a First Nations Data Governance Strategy and the development of Regional Information Governance Centers

Contribute expertise that will inform the strategic direction of the First Nations Data Governance Strategy, coordinated by the FNIGC, and similarly contribute to the FNIGC team which supports FNIGC’s regional members as they develop their own First Nations Regional Information Governance Centers.

4. Contribute to OCAP® and Information Governance education and outreach programming

In conjunction with the OCAP® Officer and Senior Manager, help develop materials and approaches that will integrate the topics of data linkages, open data, digitization, etc., and data governance generally into OCAP® education.

5. Support external relations and networks

Bring existing community, professional and educational connections to FNIGC, contributing to FNIGC’s First Nations rightsholder and community relations, and participating in strategic networking with knowledge holders and institutional resources in the government, education, and other sectors for the advancement and development of OCAP® on behalf of First Nations. 

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job does not currently involve the guidance and coordination of other people’s work.  There may be opportunity to supervise visiting students or other researchers.  

Job Requirements


  • Excellent research skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizing skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues of First Nations research, data and information governance.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues of personal and community privacy, personal and community ownership, and the technological and governance dimensions of data linkages and data management generally.
  • Experience working with First Nation organizations or communities, and operational knowledge of issues facing First Nations locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Ability to work with a small team while also taking initiative and self-direction.


  • Understanding of Indigenous peoples’ paths to self-determination.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous traditions of knowledge creation (storytelling, experiential learning, written and other texts) and education, and their relationship to Western science, education, and ways of knowing
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office work tools.
  • High proficiency and creativity in designing presentations and other materials.
  • Some proficiency in a First Nations’ language, or high proficiency in French.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in one of:
    • an applied social science (e.g., Science and Technology Studies, Information or Library Studies, Digital Humanities, Material Anthropology, Indigenous Governance or Law);
    • a related social science, plus practical experience in data management, archive or library management, digital or information technology, or related;
    • Computing, research administration, intellectual property, copyright, statistics, and related, plus demonstrated knowledge and experience of social, political, and cultural considerations.
  • Minimum 3 years’ work experience in one or more settings requiring knowledge of information systems and information management and/or administration, preferably at least in part with First Nations or other Indigenous governments and organizations.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a research setting.
  • Experience in working with First Nations rightsholders, communities or leadership is preferred.

Experience can be concurrent, and different combinations will be considered

The successful candidate will be eligible for a competitive salary, a benefits package, and a pension plan.

If you are interested in this position and meet the above criteria, please send your résumé and cover letter telling us why you think you’d be a great addition the FNIGC team to by Friday, July 26, 2019. Please use Research Officer in the subject line of your e-mail and note that résumés without cover letters will not be considered.

First Nations candidates will be given priority, please self-identify. 

FNIGC is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.  We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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