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Indigenous Relationships Liaison

Posting ID:      17578
Position Type:    Regular/Full-Time    
City:    Various Locations, BC, Canada 
Location:   Fort St. John (BC02) 


Who We Are:


At Canfor, we know wood-based products can build a better world, whether it’s a component in your smartphone or skyscrapers built from wood. We founded our entire company on that idea. Because, we know that wood-based products are sustainable and the opportunities to innovative have only just begun.


We know when managed responsibly, the forest is everlasting and Canfor is committed to using virtually 100% of every tree for lumber, pulp, paper, and renewable energy—so nothing goes to waste.


You can find Canfor products in every corner of the globe. We’re especially excited by the innovative ways some of our customers are using our products. We know that the work we all do at Canfor today will shape what the world looks like tomorrow. Whether that means building a house or a skyscraper, using paper instead of plastic or learning something new from a colleague down the hall or around the globe. We know not everyone thinks about their impact on the world but at Canfor, we do.



The Opportunity:
Canfor’s North Region Woodlands is looking to add an Indigenous Relationships Liaison to our operations in the Peace/Northern Rockies/Alberta area. 

The Role:

The Indigenous Relationships Liaison - North Region plays a key role in advancing the company’s relationships with First Nations communities as an industry partner for Aboriginal peoples. This position requires an experienced Aboriginal liaison professional with deep connections within Aboriginal communities and with Aboriginal leaders. This individual also supports the design and implementation of Canfor’s Aboriginal engagement initiatives to build and strengthen Canfor’s relationships with Aboriginal communities throughout the North Region.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the Chief Forester, you will work with Regional peers, senior management, and the Woodlands team to advance Canfor’s Aboriginal Engagement Strategy by providing operational and strategic advice to Woodlands management and executive.
  • Working closely with both Canfor and Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development Regional staff to help facilitate a predictable and timely process for the approval of operational plans and permits.
  • Supporting Canfor operational staff with strategic and operational advice associated with planning, permitting, harvesting and silviculture activities.
  • Working with Canfor Woodlands management to assist in the development of mutually beneficial protocols, relationships and forestry agreements with Aboriginal groups.
  • Providing overarching support to Canfor’s Woodlands staff in the Region to ensure consistency in our approach across our divisions and facilitate the sharing of information and best practices with respect to building relationships with Aboriginal communities.
  • Build and / or advance relationships with Aboriginal communities who have a shared interest in Canfor’s business; as well as with regional Aboriginal leaders and key Aboriginal political, employment and advocacy organizations. 
  • Supporting Canfor Woodlands Managers in establishing Aboriginal outreach in the Region, including meeting with Aboriginal leaders and community members, developing relationships on behalf of the company
  • Initiating and capitalizing on opportunities for business and employment partnerships between Canfor and Aboriginal communities.
  • Working with Aboriginal Relationships Manager to develop and maintain relationships with federal (e.g., HRSDC, INAC, NRCan, IndustryCanada) and provincial governments having operational relationship responsibilities with Aboriginal groups


The Candidate:

  • Post-secondary degree in First Nations studies or natural resource management, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working with First Nations communities
  • Demonstrated strong relationships with Aboriginal communities and leaders with whom Canfor’s business intersects.
  • Forestry and/or Natural Resource experience preferred
  • Best in class communication and the ability to maintain and built industry and culturally specific business relationships with diverse groups
  • Preference will be given to those candidates already residing in the Peace Northern Rockies Region
  • Experience in complex conflict resolution and stakeholder management is a priority


Hiring for this position is ongoing and will be filled as required. To be considered for this position, please apply today!

In order to be eligible for this position, you must be legally entitled to work in Canada for our company.

There has never been a better time to join the Canfor team and become part of the modern forest industry. We have a wide range of rewarding careers in some of the best communities in North America, with plenty of room for advancement. Our mills are modern, high-tech and safe; and our marketing and sales activities are world-class. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages, and are committed to the professional development of our employees.

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