Indigenous Research and Engagement Assistant (Indigenous candidates preferred)

CIPR · Toronto, Ontario
Department CIPR
Employment Type Part-time(Contract)
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $500 bi-weekly

Indigenous Research and Engagement Assistant

(Indigenous candidates preferred)

1 Virtual Position for Individuals living in Canada

Job term:                       Part-time, 6-month contract

Hours:                          Up to 10 hours per week

Contract period:            July 2022- December 2023        

Closing date:                 July 10th, 2022 (please apply at your earliest convenience, as interviews will be held as eligible applications come in)

Compensation:                 $500.00 (paid bi-weekly, based on a rate of $25.00/hr)

Requirements:                  2+ years in facilitation in the youth sector, as well as research and policy knowledge

Who We Are

Founded in 2008, Canadian Roots Exchange is a national Indigenous youth-led organization.  We envision a future where Indigenous youth are empowered and connected as dynamic leaders in vibrant and thriving communities.  We collaborate with communities to provide programs, grants and opportunities that are grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing and being and designed to strengthen and amplify the voices of Indigenous youth.


CRE is a workplace that puts its employees and community first. We are a living wage employer and believe in prioritizing a healthy work-life balance. We provide opportunities for flexible working hours, time off for ceremony and other life responsibilities and we actively respond to the accessibility needs of those who work with us. We are a results-oriented working environment, choosing to focus on achieving objectives, rather than promoting the status quo.


Purpose of Position 

Over the past few years here at CRE (Canadian Roots Exchange), we have been running various policy programs with the goal of creating space for new leadership and providing resources and tools for youth voices to create impactful change. Since starting to run our policy programs we have also been able to run various exciting engagements. Beginning this summer, we will be leading an engagement on the action plan to achieve the objectives of UNDRIP (within Justice Canada). Our engagement activities will take place from September-November 2022 and will include a variety of methods of engagement (including circles, and a hackathon). Each component of this engagement will include guidance from an advisory committee, and our engagement framework. In addition to our internal project team, we will also be hiring a part-time Indigenous Research and Engagement Assistant who will support throughout the project. 



Your Impact


  • Assist in the delivery and evaluation of engagement activities.
  • Gather information and data and organize it in an effective manner across all engagement activities.
  • Support the Policy and Research Manager, and Director in the writing and execution of the final engagement report.
  • Coordinate guest speakers and external consultants to support the engagement.
  • Support youth in the development of policy proposals, advocacy and negotiations.
  • Support the evaluation of engagement programming and coordinating feedback from stakeholders.
  • Communicate with program stakeholders and internally, with staff and volunteers.
  • Assist in planning logistics.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned.
  • Promote CRE, our programs, and build relationships with community partners.


This role may require the successful candidate to travel 1-2 times a year within Canada, with periodic evening and weekend work.  CRE will cover the pre-approved cost of travel associated with this role. Please note, some weeks you may work less than 10 hours, and others may be less. Accurately tracking and submitting weekly hours will be the responsibility of the selected applicant.


Who You Are

  • You​ ​see​ ​the​ ​bigger​ ​picture.​ You have a deep appreciation and respect for the history, culture, and autonomy of Indigenous peoples. You have experience working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities/organizations and believe in using your skills and talents to advance reconciliation.
  • You are a relationship builder and collaborator. You are focused on people and communities, value personal and professional relationships, and love any opportunities to work with others.
  • You are a communicator. You can clearly convey your thoughts and expectations in writing and verbally, and you can accurately interpret what people tell you. Bilingualism in English and French is an asset, as is knowledge of any languages Indigenous to Turtle Island.
  • You are flexible. Issues arise. Plans change. You can quickly adapt as required and make contingency plans. When needed, you are happy to work hours outside the typical 9-5 and to travel for work.
  • You are calm and supportive.It’s rare to see you flustered. You excel in the face of ambiguity. People feel at ease coming to you with issues and concerns. You are always happy to help.
  • You are a self-starter and team player. If you see a problem, you are the sort of person who fixes it. You are accomplished at delegating tasks and bringing people together to complete projects.
  • You like to get your hands dirty. More than just multitasking, you enjoy doing a bit of everything, be it budgeting, speaking engagements, consoling youth, or office cleaning.



  • $500.00 (paid bi-weekly, based on a rate of $25.00/hr), typically up to 10 hours a week, for 24 weeks


Application Method              

As a part of your application, please provide a cover letter that introduces yourself and share your passion for policy, facilitation and working with youth (especially youth in Indigenous, racialized, and newcomer communities). If you have a portfolio of relevant work, we would love to see it. If you have any questions, you can contact No phone calls, please.


Canadian Roots Exchange is committed to equitable representation and access. Candidates from Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQ+, and other marginalized communities are encouraged to self-identify in the cover letter.

As a condition for hiring, successful candidates are required to submit a vulnerable sector check.

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    Toronto, Ontario
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    $500 bi-weekly