Job Posting: Full-Time Specific Claims Research Assistant

Full-Time Specific Claims Research Assistant

The UBCIC Research Department has an opening for a full-time Specific Claims Research Assistant. Reporting to the Research Director, the Research Assistant will focus on the advancement of specific claims and UBCIC Research initiatives involving education, support, advocacy and outreach to the BC First Nations research community.

The successful candidate will:
• Desire to learn best practices in applied research in a positive, interesting and rewarding workspace
• Be adaptable and flexible
• Be knowledgeable about and support the mandate and mission of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the UBCIC Specific Claims Research Program
• Demonstrate an understanding of BC Indigenous land rights issues and history

Duties include but are not limited to:
• Creating and maintaining specific claims project files (both hard copy and electronic files)
• Identifying, obtaining, copying, scanning, labeling and filing relevant documents and maps from public and private archives, government offices and university libraries
• Creating research plans
• Creating and maintaining bibliographies and bibliographic databases
• Assisting researchers in the preparation of written research reports
• Undertaking other research, educational and administrative tasks as required
• Liaising with First Nations clients
• Providing support on related initiatives and projects as directed by the Research Director

• Strong comprehension of specific claims policy
• Strong understanding of reserve creation history in BC
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant fields or equivalent experience
• Excellent analytical skills and previous archival research experience
• Superior writing and editing skills
• Proficient computer skills, including internet skills
• Practical experience with specific claims research procedures is an asset
• Strong knowledge of the vision and goals of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs

Salary: $ 33,000 per year plus benefits. Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to the attention of the Research Director. If sending by email, please send to We thank all candidates for their interest and regret that only those candidates who are short-listed for interviews will be contacted. Closing date for applications is 3:00 Monday, August 10, 2015.

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply.