MTI – Director of Indigenous Knowledge and Research

Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Incorporated (MTI) is a not for profit organization created by the Mi’gmag First Nations in New Brunswick. Its objectives include promoting and supporting the recognition, affirmation, exercise, and implementation of the Aboriginal and Treaty rights; the right of self-determination; political, cultural, economic, educational and social development; justice and equity; wider respect and understanding; and general awareness of its member communities and their Mi’gmag laws, rights, values, traditions, customs and practices.Over the next 15 months, to support the development of an Indigenous Social Delivery Program, the Mi’gmaq and Wolastoqiyik will be undertaking research, policy development, engagement with leadership and communities, and capacity development to support the Mi’gmaq and Wolastogiyik Social Development Administrators.

MTI is seeking a person to work as Director of Indigenous Knowledge & Research for the Mi’gmag communities within New Brunswick. The Director position includes, but is not limited to, the following key job functions and responsibilities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Proposing research projects in relation to subject matters under negotiation with the federal and provincial Crown;

  • Managing those projects and supervising other researchers;

  • Research data analysis and policy analysis;

  • Knowledge translation (especially cultural knowledge translation);

  • Cross-cultural logic and cross-cultural team work;

  • Presentation of research findings and technical details related to negotiation interest papers, etc. at negotiations’ tables;

  • Presentations to Chiefs and Councils, Elders and First Nation members on the same subjects;

  • Coordination of Elders’ workshops and the Elders’ Advisory Council;

  • Development of an internal archive and library;

  • Other matters as may be directed by the Chiefs or legal counsel.

  • To provide support to Chiefs and Negotiators on Indigenous Knowledge and Research matters;

  • Work with other MTI staff, consultants and advisors as required;

  • Report to and take direction from the Chiefs through the MTI Executive, legal counsel and Executive Director on a weekly basis and whenever else required;

  • Manage department staff and researchers by setting workplans and ensuring deliverables are met;

  • Ensure that MTI policies and procedures are followed; and

  • Other matters as may be directed by the organization.

The Candidate Shall:

  • Be a self-starter and able to work alone with minimal supervision;

  • Have excellent written, spoken, organizational and presentation skills;

  • Demonstrate adequate proficiency in computer skills, including computer applications such as Microsoft Office;

  • Report department records of time and tasks accomplished on a weekly basis;

  • Be accessible by phone and email as required;

  • Be willing to work flexible hours as needed;

  • Be able to maintain expenditure controls;

  • Possess a valid, non-restricted, non-probationary drivers’ licences, clean drivers’ abstract and have access to a vehicle; and

  • Be able to travel at short notice.

Asset Qualifications:

Preference may be given to candidates that demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of Aboriginal and Treaty rights;

  • Experience in strategic implementation of plans, policies and programs;

  • Knowledge of resource projects currently being undertaken or proposed for New Brunswick;

  • Understanding of Indigenous knowledge and research methodologies;

  • A related university or college degree and demonstrated, relevant and practical experience supported by references.

Behavioural Competencies:

The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • Team building, management and cooperation;

  • Organizational awareness;

  • Report writing and public presentations;

  • Results orientated; and

  • Strategic thinking.

Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Incorporated is an organization dedicated to advancing the rights and interests of Mi’gmaq First Nations of New Brunswick. Candidates’ knowledge of the Mi’gmaq language, culture and the Mi’gmaq First Nation communities of New Brunswick will therefore be given the highest consideration. In addition, Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Incorporated may give preferential consideration to candidates who are members of one of the Mi’gmaq First Nation communities of New Brunswick.

Salary:  Salary will be based on experience of successful candidate.

Subject to the response to this competition, education and experience requirements may increase.

Please send your application to Tanya McGraw via fax at (506) 627 4605 or email at

Deadline for application is Monday, March 25th, at 11:59pm.

We thank all those who apply however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.  Candidates are responsible for the timely receipt of applications.