Call for Nominations: Indigenous Advisory Committee

The Government of Canada has committed to work in partnership with Indigenous Peoples for impact assessments in a manner that recognizes and protects the rights of Indigenous Peoples in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

As such, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) works with its Indigenous Advisory Committee (the Committee) for expert advice on the development of key policy and guidance on the impact assessment system.

The Agency is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to join its Committee.

Mandate

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

The mandate of the Committee is to provide the Agency with non-partisan advice for the development of key policy and guidance. The Committee also advises on approaches for co-development and engagement with Indigenous Peoples on policy and guidance products.

The Committee operates 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 is posted on the Agency’s website.

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.

Key Activities

Members may be required to:

In collaboration with the Agency, the Committee will develop a prioritized work plan.

Committee members are expected to attend in-person and virtual meetings, 4-6 times per year. Meetings primarily occur in Ottawa but may be organized at other locations in Canada. Members are expected to read preparation material in advance of each meeting.

The Committee’s co-chairs have additional responsibilities, including co-chairing committee meetings, collaborating with the Agency to develop the Committee’s forward agenda, coordinating the development of Committee reports and any other deliverables, as required, and ensuring delivery of the Committee’s advice to the Agency.

Composition

The Committee will be composed of members who have expertise in fields relevant to the Committee’s mandate. Two members will act as co-chairs. Co-chairs and members will be appointed for renewable terms of four to five years.

Membership will include First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals. The membership of the committee will include at least:

  1. One person recommended by an Indigenous governing body or other entity that represents the interests of First Nations;
  2. One person recommended by an Indigenous governing body or other entity that represents the interests of the Métis; and
  3. One person recommended by an Indigenous governing body or other entity that represents the interests of the Inuit.

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 be affiliated. 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 based on 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 or the Inuit in Canada. In addition, members must have significant knowledge of, or experience with, at least one of the following:

Asset Criteria

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

Remuneration

Remuneration will be provided to recognize members’ preparation time and participation in meetings. Approved travel expenses will 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 iac-cca@iaac-aeic.gc.ca or by mail to the attention of the Indigenous Advisory Committee Secretariat, 160 Elgin St., 22nd Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0H3. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2022.

If you have questions about the application process, please e-mail iac-cca@iaac-aeic.gc.ca

Note: The Agency is also seeking nominations for its Technical Advisory Committee on Science and Knowledge, which provides expert advice on topics related to impact assessment, as well as regional and strategic assessment. Please see the Technical Advisory Committee on Science and Knowledge’s Call for Nominations for more details.

Selection Process

A review committee will evaluate all applications according to established criteria. Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview as part of the selection process. The review committee will make the selection recommendation to the Agency, taking into account the individual qualifications of candidates and the range of expertise and diversity of experience in the overall composition of the committee.

The Agency will contact those who are selected.

Privacy Notice Statement

Your personal information is being collected to assess whether you meet the baseline requirements to serve on the Technical Advisory Committee on Science & Knowledge and to provide the Agency the means to contact you with information regarding the Committee. Information is collected under the authority of paragraphs 114(1)(b), 155(i) and 156(1)(b) of the Impact Assessment Act. You have the right to access and correct any of your personal information held by the Agency. For more details regarding your rights contact atip-aiprp@iaac-aeic.gc.ca.

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