The First Nations Technology Council is seeking a proactive and organized Senior Policy Lead with an excellent understanding of First Nations culture, history, rights and title legislation, communities, and organizations. The Senior Policy Lead will primarily support the development of an Indigenous Framework for Innovation and Technology (IFIT), a first of its kind roadmap for Indigenous communities, government, industry, and other members of the technology ecosystem to coordinate a comprehensive and collaborative approach to achieving digital equity for Indigenous peoples in BC.
Digital equity is defined as a condition in which all individuals and communities have access to the tools, education, and information technology capacity needed for full participation in today’s digital world. The digital inequity facing Indigenous peoples in BC today is a systems issue. It is driven by colonial structures, inter-jurisdictional complexity, infrastructure challenges related to geography, and a rapidly evolving technological landscape. This is further compounded by telecommunications monopolies and reliance on a market-based model to provide access and affordability, along with chronic underinvestment, bias, and discrimination, and a lack of comprehensive policy and regulatory solutions centered on Indigenous peoples.
Achieving digital equity for Indigenous peoples in BC requires a systemic approach, including broad participation and mobilization of First Nations, Indigenous organizations, government and other technology ecosystem stakeholders, collaborative solution development for the short, medium, and long-term, and a coordinated pursuit of multiple interventions, which collectively work to catalyze systems change. The development of IFIT is a systemic response to the complex problem of digital inequity. The Senior Policy Lead will play a key role on the Secretariat of the IFIT Table, working closely with contracted facilitators, researchers, and the Technology Council’s leadership team to manage a comprehensive engagement and consultation process, the synthesis and drafting of IFIT and associated roadmap, and knowledge mobilization activities.
This position reports to the Director, Strategic Initiatives, and will be responsible for managing all aspects of the IFIT project, including but not limited to project implementation, sector and community engagement, funder and partner relations, and budgeting and reporting. The manager will also be the primary point of contact with all contractors and vendors for the project. In addition to the IFIT project, the Senior Policy Lead will support national and provincial research, policy development, and advocacy efforts to advance connectivity and close the digital divide for Indigenous peoples. This work may involve participating in working group meetings, partnership development, conducting research, and drafting briefing notes for a variety of audiences including First Nations leadership and government.
The Senior Policy Advisor must be passionate about the intersection of technological advancement and Indigenous sovereignty, enjoy a dynamic work environment, and be self-directed in their work.
About the First Nations Technology Council
The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led organization that serves all 203 First Nations communities across British Columbia, working to ensure that Indigenous peoples have full and equitable access to the tools, training, and support to maximize the opportunities presented by technology and innovation. The Technology Council sees the strengthening of local Indigenous economies and the empowering of Indigenous innovators as contributing to Indigenous self-determination and nationhood.
The First Nations Technology Council holds the following core values, which all employees are expected to honor, demonstrate and deepen through individual practice and team development: trust, humility, community, spirit, innovation for 7 generations, listening, resilience, indigenous wisdom, and heart. The ideal candidate will resonate with and uphold these values.
About the Role:
Skills and Abilities:
This a one-year term employment position, renewable pending performance, and available funding.
This role is open to remote candidates anywhere in BC, with a preference for candidates able to travel occasionally to the First Nations Technology Council headquarters Unit 102 – 70 Orwell Street on Squamish Nation land in North Vancouver, B.C. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will work remotely until further notice, in alignment with public health directives and best practices.
How to Apply:
Upload your resume combined with a cover letter and a writing sample by 11:59 PM on June 20, 2021.
We are an Indigenous organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people. We strongly encourage applications from qualified First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Your application was submitted successfully.