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Batchewana First Nation

Chief Governance Officer (CGO)

Batchewana First Nation
Executive and Management
POSTED: 6 months ago
Batchewana First Nation
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Closing Date:
April 18, 2023
Job Description:
Who We Are
The Ojibways of Batchewana First Nation (BFN) are a progressive and vibrant Indigenous community situated on the northeastern shore of Lake Superior adjacent to the City of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. The First Nation Is comprised of four land bases:
Rankin, Goulais Bay, Obadjiwon, and Whitefish Island.

Batchewana First Nation has the charm of small-town life with access to urban areas and proximity to the international bridge. As part of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians and signatories to the Robinson Huron Treaty, Batchewana First Nation assert their sovereignty, jurisdiction, and expressions of nationhood through a multitude of approaches each and everyday.

Summary of Position
The Chief Governance Officer (CGO) is accountable for championing the achievement of the longterm vision and assertions of BFN Chief and Council by leading development of a governance
framework, political relationships and legal positions that align with overall objectives. Reporting
directly to the CEO and indirectly to the Chief of BFN, the incumbent represents BFN at a provincial
and federal level as well as with other neighbouring nations where jurisdiction and relationships
require realignment or renegotiation in areas such as natural resources, lands, child welfare law,
restitution and the like. The CGO is a key position is realizing BFN's future vision and establishment of
systems, processes and initiatives that support its strength as a nation.

Key Duties & Responsibilities
- Re-frames conventional approaches and designs new relationships with government in order to progress the rights and assertions of BFN;
- Designs a governance framework by performing duties that include, researching related models for indigenous governance that have already been developed, understanding BFN assertions and indigenous law, and developing tools and processes.
- Engages with Chief and Council to negotiate for specific claims and treaty rights by performing duties such as collaborating with legal representatives, communicating with stakeholders and guiding any court driven processes;
- Consults with the CEO and other BFN leadership to ensure political and legal strategies align with functional requirements of programs and services to the community; promotes communication and integration of any changes that affect administrative areas;
- Leads the development and implementation of a communications strategy and mechanisms for BFN and its members to promote understanding and engagement from the community and build unity in the pursuit of strategic objectives; Develops an understanding of industry stakeholders
and other First Nations priorities around Title and Rights in order to keep current on developments and inform thinking;
- Oversees drafting of documents such as policies, reports, local laws, and correspondence; aligns communication through appropriate channels in order to build awareness, relationships and maintain confidentiality;

Why BFN?
Developing diverse and unique partnerships, Batchewana is an ambitious First Nation with an entrepreneurial spirit. BFN is seeking employees that can compliment their thriving professional landscape while continuing to promote Indigenous culture and their long history of protecting and
upholding inherent obligations. Guided by the 7 Grandfather Teachings, Batchewana First Nation is seeking driven individuals who can work
together to uphold self determination efforts of the Anishinaabe Peoples and communities. Keeping in mind the wisdom of our Elders, and
the future for our youth, BFN encourages employees to continue to create a path forward in building our Nations as strong, healthy Peoples
respectful of ourselves, each other, and all creation.

How We Operate
Batchewana First Nation is Governed by an elected Chief and Council and operates under a Senior Management team comprised of Program Directors and the Chief Executive Officer. Both Political and Administrative leadership value the efforts and hard work of the BFN workforce and foster an environment of collaboration and respect.

What Can We Offer You for All Your Hard Work?
- Group Insurance Benefits- Life, LTD, Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
- Pension Plan- BFN will match Employees contribution
- Paid statutory Holiday and Monthly sick time

Required Skills:
Qualifications & Experience
- Advanced Degree (Masters level or above) in Political Science, First Nations Studies, Aboriginal Law or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- A minimum of 8 years of experience in a First Nations Governance role with a minimum of 2 years at a senior management level
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Comprehensive working knowledge and skillful applications of relevant departmental policies in particularly; AIAI, Nogdawindamin Mental Health, Maawesying North Shore Community Health Services, Provincial Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Federal Health Canada guidelines.
- Familiar with Anishnawbek culture, traditions, values, and the Seven Grandfather teachings.
- Knowledge of BFN services delivery, customs, and traditions in responding to Child Welfare.
- Knowledge of relevant legislation and/or guidelines relating to the funding and delivery of mental health.
- Ability to complete multiple tasks at once.
- Exceptional interpersonal, relationship, and leadership skills.
- Exception verbal and written communication skills.
- Superior time management and prioritization skills.
- Strong managerial skills.
- Strong negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills.
- Maintain accurate and concise documents. Perform required reporting practices.
- Ability to work in team environment.
- Ability to manage sensitive information, practice, and respect confidentiality.
- Exceptional planning, organizational, and time management skills.
- Possess bicultural competencies and knowledge of traditional health practices, ceremonies, teachings, and protocols as it related to fostering community wellness.


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