Nation Building & Governance Advisor (One Year Renewable Term)


Established in 1992, the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) is an Indigenous government that represents Gwich’in Participants in the Mackenzie-Delta of the Northwest Territories and across Canada. GTC protects and advances the interests of Gwich’in through hard work, collaborative approaches and good governance in order to improve the lives and preserve the culture of the Gwich’in.

The Gwich’in Tribal Council is seeking a highly-motivated individual to fill the term position of Nation Building and Governance Advisor in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Reporting to the Director of Intergovernmental Relations, the Nation Building and Governance Advisor, provides day-to-day advisory, executive government relations staff support and administrative services on the Gwich’in nation building strategy and associated governance capacity development initiatives. This will be accomplished by overseeing and assisting the GTC and Gwich’in community governments in accordance with and reference to the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (GCLCA), the GTC Nation Building Program Proposal and the Gwich’in self-government negotiations, as well as applicable legislation, protocols, directives, policies, and procedures with respect to nation building and self-government.

The Nation Building and Governance Advisor acts as the regional point of contact and liaison for the Gwich’in Government Presidents’ Executive Assistants, providing guidance, advice and monitoring on nation building and governance matters.


  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, social sciences, political science, communications, Indigenous studies, or similar field
  • 2 - 5 years’ work experience within a public sector or corporate environment and demonstrated knowledge of self-government legislation, policies and procedures
  • A valid class 5 driver’s license and a satisfactory criminal records check is required
  • Equivalencies may be considered in lieu of education


  • Working knowledge of land claim and self-government agreements negotiated in Canada
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively; employing strong listening, verbal, written, and public presentation skills to convey information on a variety of complex issues, in a manner that is concise, clear and easily understood by the audience
  • Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills, with the ability to prioritize a high volume workload in a demanding fast paced environment
  • A team player with experience working on multidisciplinary project teams
  • Flexible and able to act in a matrix organization with many stakeholders
  • Able to anticipate issues, develop a position, and act independently if appropriate
  • Formal negotiations skills training and/or demonstrate negotiations accomplishments
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered including allowances of $20,000 per annum, health and dental benefits, and generous leave entitlements.

If you are interested in working with an energetic and progressive Indigenous government, please submit your cover letter and resume to:

Closing Date: March 14, 2019

Go Beyond the Arctic Circle
The Town of Inuvik ( is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. Witness the Land of the Midnight Sun and the mesmerizing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, in the beautiful and vast Mackenzie Delta, Inuvik prides itself on being authentic, accessible and amazing. Due to its northern location, Inuvik experiences an average of 56 days of continuous sunlight every summer and 30 days of polar night every winter. Become a member of our colourful community, the Town of Inuvik is ready to welcome you to the Western Arctic and all that it has to offer.

Priority Consideration will be given to qualified Participants of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement. We thank all who apply but only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Gwìch’in nan, nakhwek’yùu ts’àt gwitr’it tthak nakhwidavee gwiheezàa eenjit
Gwich’in land, culture & economy for a better future


Application Deadline:
March 14, 2019
How to Apply:
If you are interested in working with an energetic and progressive Indigenous government, please submit your cover letter and resume to: