Employment Opportunities at BCAFN

BCAFN Job Postings

1. Notice of Request for Proposals for BCAFN Climate Change Portfolio Graphic

Posted April 6, 2021

Organizational Background

The British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is a Provincial Territorial Organization (PTO) representing the 203 First Nations in British Columbia. BCAFN representation is inclusive and extends to First Nations currently engaged in the treaty process and those which are not, those who have signed modern treaties, and those who fall under historic treaty agreements which include the Douglas Treaties and Treaty 8. 

A BC First Nation artisan will develop a graphic for the BC Assembly of First Nation (BCAFN) Climate Change Portfolio to be used for BCAFN climate change communications. The goal of the project is to provide the climate change portfolio with a symbolic cultural piece that creates awareness of climate change and the climate emergency and promotes pride in First Nations culture in BC.

The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of BC First Nations and a strong understanding of BC First Nations artistry, history, successes, and climate change challenges. This knowledge may be based in a specific First Nation or Nations. They will have an understanding of working through major creative projects and have knowledge of the BCAFN. They will possess skills in their art form and have exceptional experience in this regard. The final product will belong to the BCAFN.

At the end of the contract, BCAFN will be provided with:
1.         A graphic that will be of a resolution for commercial reproduction. 

Proposals should be prepared with the following in mind:

•          An outline of anticipated end product.

•          Include experience working with other BC First Nations or First Nations organizations.

•          Awards and honors for working on similar projects and examples of completed projects.

•          3-5 samples of similar artwork from artist’s portfolio

•          Knowledge of the BC Assembly of First Nations.

•          Total costs to produce.

•          Professional references.

Timeline will be determined in conversation with the BCAFN Regional Climate Change Coordinator.  This project is anticipated for completion prior to May 31st, 2021.

Rights of the BCAFN

The BCAFN reserves the right to:

1.         Reject any or all proposals received in response to this Request for Proposals;

2.         Enter into negotiation with one or more Bidders on any or all aspects of their respective proposals;

3.         Contacting and requesting information related to the Bidder’s qualifications from any of the references provided by the Bidder;

4.         Accept any proposal in whole, or in part;

5.         Cancel and/or re-issue the modified version of a given RFP requirement, including the right to request a confirmation of the Bidder’s legal status and signed documentation; and

6.         Award contracts without competition for follow-up work, if any, to the selected Bidder for a given project requirement.

Bidders must provide a firm fixed price, including GST if applicable.

Submissions will be considered confidential information by the BCAFN and will be used solely for the purpose of selecting the successful Bidder.

Contact Information
All proposals will be acknowledged. Your proposal submission must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday April 23rd, 2021. Submissions and questions may be sent by email to:

Patricia Rojas Caro, Regional Climate Change Coordinator
BC Assembly of First Nations
Email: patricia.rojas@bcafn.ca
Phone: 1-250-859-1511

View RFP pdf

2. FNLC Cannabis Policy Analyst

Posted April 8, 2021

Full-Time to March 31st, 2022 with the possibility of extension
LOCATION: BCAFN Vancouver Office – 1020-1200 West 73rd Avenue (Will work remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions for indeterminate period of time)
HOURS OF WORK: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (May be required to work evenings and weekends)
DEADLINE: April 23rd, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

The BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is seeking a skilled, motivated, and passionate Cannabis Policy Analyst to work with the First Nations Leadership Council (BCAFN, First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs) on the coordinated Cannabis portfolio.

Key Job Functions include:

  • Provide high-quality, strategic policy analysis and recommendations to support the First Nations Leadership Council’s mandates, which come from resolutions passed at BCAFN, FNS and UBCIC, with respect to cannabis legalization, First Nations jurisdiction, economic development, and health and safety. The FNLC is not an independent political entity or organization but is a collaborative political working partnership among three organizations - BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN), First Nations Summit (FNS) and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC).
  • Coordinate the FNLC’s engagement and advocacy with provincial and federal governments.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a BC First Nations Cannabis Strategy.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitor, develop and recommend responses to federal and provincial policies, programs and legislative initiatives associated with cannabis that affect the Aboriginal Title, Rights and interests of BCAFN members.
  • Supporting FNLC Executive, associated policy and legal advisors, staff, and working group members by providing research, analysis, and strategic advice and recommendations on cannabis policies, programs, legislation, and initiatives.
  • Organize, coordinate, support, document, and facilitate meetings for cannabis-related working groups.
  • Develop workplans, engagement guides, and materials to support strategic engagement on cannabis priorities with First Nations in BC.
  • Coordinate the planning of virtual engagement sessions.
  • Gather and disseminate information to BCAFN, FNS and UBCIC members in regards to federal, provincial and other policy, program and legislative issues associated with cannabis that affect their Rights, Title and interests.
  • Prepare speaking notes, briefing notes, reports, communication materials and other assignments.
  • Collect and coordinate local and regional cannabis issues to inform advocacy on the national and international stages.
  • Assist communities to understand and respond to cannabis-related opportunities.
  • Liaise with Chiefs, traditional Knowledge Keepers, youth, and women in the region through formal and informal means.
  • Interface with regional, provincial and federal officials as needed.
  • Prepare funding proposals to support ongoing work within the cannabis portfolio and related initiatives.
  • Perform other duties as reasonably required to support the FNLC cannabis portfolio.

Education, Experience and other requirements:

  • Post-secondary experience in public policy, public/business administration, social sciences or equivalent combination of education & experience;
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience preferred in a domain related to Cannabis legislation, economics, or public policy, ideally in a First Nations setting;
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills, including writing and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated project management skills, with good ability to plan, organize and set priorities;
  • Effective meeting facilitation skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain effective networks and relationships while working as a member of a broader team(s);
  • Ability to work independently & expeditiously, self-directed, including working under tight timeframes & competing priorities, in coordination with other, and willingness to travel;
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, passion, judgement, tact, initiative & flexibility;
  • Good computer literacy skills;
  • Knowledge of First Nations political, policy and legal issues;
  • Flexible schedule may include evenings and weekends; and
  • Travel as required.

Remuneration: Salary/Wage based upon experience. Competitive benefit plan available upon conclusion of probationary period.

To Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your cover letter and resume with references as one PDF file to vanessa.west@bcafn.ca in the following format:

  • Subject heading: FNLC Cannabis Policy Analyst
  • Attached file name: YYYYMMDD_lastname_firstname_CannabisPA.pdf

Application deadline is Friday April 23rd, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

We want to thank everyone who applies for this position in advance. Applicants with Aboriginal ancestry preferred. Only successful applicants will be contacted for interviews.

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