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Research and Data Management – Research and Policy Analyst

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Author ahnationtalk
Date May 19, 2023
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Chiefs of Ontario
Location Toronto, ON
Category Research
Client Chiefs of Ontario
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Research and Data Management – Research and Policy Analyst

The Chiefs of Ontario is looking for a qualified and motivated individual for the position of Research and Policy Analyst.  Working with Executive Project Lead, Ontario Data Champion Team (DCT), the Policy and Research Analyst acts as an advisor on strategic matters and deploys specialized expertise for the development and implementation of the First Nations Data Governance Strategy (First Nations Data Governance Strategy – The First Nations Information Governance Centre ( (the Strategy). The Strategy seeks to achieve the vision for First Nations’ data sovereignty in Ontario and the development of a “made in Ontario” Information Governance Centre (IGC). In particular, the Policy and Research Analyst contributes to the implementation of Ontario’s Regional Action Plan for Phase One of the Strategy comprised of several work streams leading to a Phase Two Business Case.

LOCATION:  Toronto, Ontario (Hybrid available)


  • Work as a key member of the Ontario Data Champion Team in supporting the implementation of the Ontario Regional Action Plan
  • Provide policy, research and planning advice and expertise to the Ontario Data Champion Team and acts a project lead on dedicated projects.
  • Develop policy analysis, discussion papers, model propositions, strategies, plans, evaluation frameworks, guidelines, tools and other supports needed by the DCT as we build the foundations of Ontario’s IGC.
  • Advise, support, and co-develop the assessment and prioritization of capacity needs of key stakeholders and partners within Ontario to inform the development of Phase 2 business plan
  • Identify and advise on strategic partnership opportunities and possible alliances that serve the advancement of the Regional Action Plan for implementing the FNDGS
  • Explore jurisdictional divides that create data gaps affecting First Nations (and F/P/T governments) and work with regional and relevant federal departments to identify pathways to further enable data sharing opportunities
  • Collaboratively plan and actively participate in / provides secretariat support for the Data Champion Advisory Committee and other advisory groups and planning committees (e.g., People’s Conference), working groups and task teams, and provide policy/ program recommendations; generate summaries of a concise and strategic nature from relevant meetings and gatherings.
  • Participates in collaborative meetings with FNIGC/Board and other regional DCT executives and implementation leads as appropriate
  • Participate in and advance policy discussions and dialogue from a provincial lens towards the longer term creation of a legislative framework for data governance to be lead by FNIGC and federal executives
  • Conducts research and/or knowledge mobilization, and presents options for objectives, plans, outcomes and processes.
  • Ensures that processes and practices are consistent with OCAP® principles, First Nations interests, approaches and philosophies.
  • Build relationships and knowledge that advances First Nations data sovereignty.
  • Remain abreast of changes in the Federal/Provincial/First Nation policies that may impact First Nations in Ontario requiring a shift in approach to priorities.


  • A graduate degree and a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in the area of First Nations issues.
  • Knowledge of First Nation traditions cultures and values; understanding the history and relationship between First Nations and the Crown.
  • Experience working with First Nations communities and/or organizations is an asset.
  • Knowledge of data governance principles for First Nations data in Ontario.
  • Experience in research and report writing.
  • Experience with federal and provincial governments.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and verbal.
  • Excellent project coordination skills with the ability to prioritize workload and manage multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and function independently.

Must be trustworthy, reliable and maintain confidentiality

Successful candidate must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Opened until filled

DURATION: June 2023 to March 31, 2025 (Potential for renewal based on funding approval)

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