Call for Nominations: Indigenous Advisory Committee

From: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Info Alert

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. Candidates selected for the Indigenous Advisory Committee will hear back from us in the coming months.

If you experienced any difficulties submitting your application, including technical issues, please email ceaa.iac-cca.acee@canada.ca.

The Government of Canada has committed to work in partnership with Indigenous peoples in the proposed new impact assessment system in a manner that recognizes and protects the rights of Indigenous peoples and accords with Canada’s commitment to the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. To this end, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to form an Indigenous Advisory Committee (the Committee).

Mandate

The Indigenous Advisory Committee is a new structure through which members of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people will participate in policy and program development to help ensure that the unique rights, interests and perspectives of Indigenous peoples are acknowledged, affirmed and implemented in environmental and impact assessment.

The mandate of the Committee will be to provide the Agency with non-partisan advice for the development of key policy and guidance. The Committee will also be asked to advise on approaches for co-development and engagement with Indigenous peoples on policy and guidance products.

The Committee will operate in an open and transparent manner, with information made publicly available, subject to confidentiality requirements under legislation or governmental policies. All advice received from the Committee will be posted on the Agency’s Internet site.

The Agency will provide orientation to appointed members about the mandate of the Committee, applicable processes, and roles and responsibilities of Committee members. The Agency will also provide a secretariat to support the administration of the Committee.

The Committee’s mandate is distinct from that of the Technical Advisory Committee on Science and Knowledge that is being established.

Key Activities

In collaboration with the Agency, the committee will develop a prioritized work plan and finalize Terms of Reference at the first meeting. Additional topics may be considered on an on-going basis as appropriate.

Committee members will be expected to attend one-day meetings, 2-4 times per year. Meetings will primarily occur in Ottawa; however, meetings may be organized at other locations in Canada as needed. ‘Virtual meetings’ and teleconferences may also be arranged. Some preparation work in advance of each meeting will be required. Members of the Committee may also be required to:

  • Review documents and reports related to the mandate of the Committee;
  • Conduct research and analysis to inform the Committee’s advice; and/or
  • Write letters or reports to communicate the Committee’s advice.

Composition

Twelve to eighteen members will be appointed to form a Committee with a range of expertise, diversity of experience and variety of perspectives, as appropriate to the mandate. Members will be appointed for renewable terms of two or three years.

Membership will include First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals. The membership of the committee will include at least (a) one person recommended by an Indigenous governing body or other entity that represents the interests of First Nations; (b) one person recommended by an Indigenous governing body or other entity that represents the interests of the Inuit; and (c) one person recommended by an Indigenous governing body or other entity that represents the interests of the Métis.

Members will contribute their experience and expertise to the work of the Committee independently and not on behalf of any particular association, political body, firm or other organization to which they may belong. Government of Canada employees are not eligible for membership in this committee.

Qualifications

The members of the Committee must be able to provide knowledgeable advice related to the mandate of the Committee, on the basis of their relevant experience and/or specialized expertise.

Essential Criteria

Members must have substantial experience and knowledge regarding the unique rights, interests and circumstances of the First Nations, the Métis Nation and/or Inuit in Canada. In addition, members must have significant knowledge of, or experience with, at least one or more of the following:

  • Impact assessment theory and/or practice (environmental assessment, social impact assessment, health impact assessment, economic impact assessment, cultural impact assessment, human rights impact assessment, sustainability assessment, cumulative effects assessment, and/or gender-based assessment)
  • Provincial, territorial, federal and/or international environmental/impact assessment laws
  • Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Use of indigenous knowledge together with other forms of evidence, including science, in studies or to inform decision making
  • Indigenous-led assessments
  • Indigenous law related to resource development and environmental management
  • Natural resource development and key industry sectors (e.g. oil and gas, hydro-electricity, nuclear, forestry, mining, etc.)
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Crown-Indigenous relations and reconciliation
  • Best practices for Indigenous participation, collaboration, and partnership

Asset Criteria

In addition to the essential criteria, the following asset criteria may be considered:

  • National and /or international recognition in the applicant’s field of expertise
  • Applicable academic and/or professional credentials
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively on a council, committee or board
  • Skills in mediation and/or consensus-building
  • Practical or academic knowledge of environmental assessment or impact assessment

Remuneration

If eligible for remuneration, a remuneration fee will be set to recognize members’ preparation time and participation in meetings. Approved travel expenses will also be covered for members, in accordance with relevant Government of Canada policies including the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to become a member of this committee, please submit the following documents to ceaa.iac-cca.acee@canada.ca, fax 613-957-0862 or mail by October 7, 2018:

  • Letter of Interest (maximum of three pages), including information on:
    • How you meet the essential criteria (experience in areas relevant to the committee's mandate); and
    • How you meet any applicable asset criteria.
  • Curriculum vitae, including information on:
    • Relevant experience and expertise;
    • Relevant credentials, achievements and/or publications; and
    • Contact information for two references.
  • Completed Application Form.

Note: the Agency may contact nominees if additional information is required.

If you have questions about the committee or the appointment process, please e-mail ceaa.iac-cca.acee@canada.ca.

Selection Process

All applications will be evaluated by a review committee according to established criteria. Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview as part of the selection process. The review committee will make recommendations for selection to the Agency, taking into account the individual qualifications of the candidates and the range of expertise and diversity of experience in the composition of the committee overall. Members will be appointed for the Committee taking into account the recommendations made by the review committee.

Those selected will be contacted by the Agency.

Applicable Policies

Committee members will be reimbursed for expenses incurred on approved travel for the Committee, such as transportation and accommodation costs, according to relevant Government of Canada polices including the Treasury Board's Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures.

Privacy Notice Statement

Before you provide us with your personal information, please take a few moments to review the following privacy statement.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, herein referred to as the Agency, is coordinating a selection process for the Indigenous Advisory Committee. For the purposes of this selection process, the Agency will collect the personal information provided by you. The selection process includes the nomination of members to the Committee. Information is collected under the authority of paragraphs 86(1)(b), 105(g) and 106(1)(b) of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.

“Personal information” is any information, in any form, about an identifiable individual; including details of an individual’s personal experiences, or views or opinions about that individual. Please refer to section 3 of the Privacy Act for further details regarding personal information.

The Agency is committed to protecting the privacy rights of individuals and safeguarding the personal information under its control in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act.

Should you decide to apply for a position on the Committee, it is important to know that your submission constitutes your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of the information provided therein in accordance with the Privacy Act.

Necessary mandatory information has been indicated on the application form and identified in the “How to Apply” section of the call for nominations.  Information not identified as mandatory is optional. If completed, this information will be taken into account by the Agency’s Review Committee in making their appointment recommendations.

Your personal information will be used to assess your competencies as required by the position’s merit criteria. The Review Committee will be provided with all information related to the candidate for review. The Review Committee will then assess the candidates identified and recommend finalists to be considered by the Agency’s president. Note that we will not use the information you submit for any other purpose without first obtaining your explicit consent or unless in accordance with the Privacy Act.

Your personal information will be shared with the Review Committee. All finalists will be required to obtain the applicable reliability/security check and complete a Confidential Report.

You have the right to request access to your information and to request corrections where you believe there is an error or omission. You may contact CEAA’s Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) team at ATIP-AIPRP@ceaa-acee.gc.ca to exercise these rights.

You also have the right to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at any time regarding the Agency’s handling of your personal information.

Personal information will be retained for 2 years after the appointment process is completed. Personal information may be retained for a longer period, if required under the Privacy Act or the Library and Archives of Canada Act. For instance, personal information will be retained for an additional 2 years following any use for an administrative purpose or an access to personal information request. Where a request for access to the information has been received, the personal information may be retained until such time as the individual has had the opportunity to exercise all his rights under the Privacy Act.

Personal information will be protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act and is described in the Treasury Board Secretariat’s (TBS) standard personal information bank, Members of Boards, Committees and Councils (PSU 919) detailed in Info Source.

By providing your personal information, you acknowledge that you have read and understood this statement and consent to the Agency’s collection, use and disclosure of your personal information.

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