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The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a political advocacy organization representing the interests of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit women, girls, and gender diverse people, including those who are non-status. NWAC is an aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across Canada with representation in each province and territory, and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1974.

This exciting opportunity aims to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people at both local and global levels.

General Duties

The NWAC Senior Policy Advisor will:

  • Plan, develop, and implement strategic policy work plans for NWAC policies and projects on  a series of policy priorities impacting Indigenous communities;
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research and analysis in various priority areas to support policy development within NWAC, other advocacy organizations, and government bodies to best advocate for Indigenous women;
  • Establish and execute effective networking strategies with various rightsholders and stakeholders such as provincial and territorial associations, Indigenous women and gender-diverse community members and their families, Indigenous non-profit organizations, and private sector stakeholders;
  • Provide thorough and concise briefings on policy areas to the President and CEO to help guide NWAC’s overall decision-making processes and policy directions;
  • Plan and carryout community consultations, engagements, and information gathering sessions on a full range of policy areas;
  • Develop various documents related to policy directions such as: press releases, research and analysis papers, data analysis reports, policy documents, fact sheets, project proposals, etc.;
  • Participate in and represent NWAC at various policy meetings with rightsholders and stakeholders to support policy directions and report outcomes to the Senior Director.

What we Value

  • We value diversity, sharing, adaptability and a willingness to learn;
  • NWACs policy unit strives to be authentic, respectful, responsive, and anti-oppressive. We value decolonized and community-based approaches to policy that are informed by the lived experiences of Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people;
  • We value inclusive, intersectional, and gender-based approaches to all our policy work.

How we Work

  • Informed by our guiding principles, methodology, and ethics, we identify, research, and respond to different policy issues following our Policy Development Framework;
  • We are prepared to research and advocate for short, medium, and long-term priorities as well as immediate and urgent needs as they emerge;
  • To ensure we remain accountable, we continuously engage with our Board of Directors and communities, consistently apply our Guiding Principles, prioritize inter-departmental collaboration and knowledge translation, and conduct analysis and process evaluation.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • University degree in policy, law, social sciences or other related studies;
  • Master’s Degree is an asset;
  • Significant and relevant experience in co-developing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research with Indigenous peoples, and presenting gathered information in various documents and reports;
  • Experience working with senior officials and decision-makers, including Directors and above;
  • At least 6 years of relevant work with NGOs, Indigenous organizations, interest groups, government agencies, or business/corporate entities in a policy function.


  • Knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary concerns and issues  Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people face on Turtle Island
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous best practices concerning the promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, our diverse cultures, histories, and traditions;
  • Knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
  • Understanding of Indigenous social policy including violence prevention, housing, education, languages, de-carceration, child and family services, disability rights, harm-reduction, etc.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to respectfully conduct research and analysis with Indigenous peoples and present information in various reports;
  • Ability to develop recommendations to support senior management with their decision-making processes with policy directions;
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations to various groups of rightsholders and stakeholders;
  • Ability to resolve conflicts, facilitate meetings, and to seek solutions for policy directions;
  • Ability to work in a fast-pace environment with changing  priorities and short deadlines;

Effective Skills

  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Conflict resolution and mentorship
  • Collaboration with diverse partners
  • Integrity and respect


Fluency in English is essential. Knowledge of Indigenous languages and/or French is a strong asset.


  • Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.
  • Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • Interviews will be held on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa or by teleconference.

Please send cover letter & CV to

SOURCE: Charity Village

12 Dec 2020
Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)
Ottawa  Ontario
First Nations, Inuit and Métis
Policy Development & Advocacy
Research & Development
Social Justice