Mineral Development Coordinator/ Advisor 020720-MDCA-VAR


Permanent,  Full-time

Location: Thunder Bay, Kenora, Dryden, Atikokan, Fort Frances

Closes: February 7, 2020 4:30 PM 

Posting: 020720-MDCA-VAR

The prime objective of theMineral Development Advisor (MDA)or Mineral Development Coordinator (MDC) in the Lands, Resources and Consultations (LRC) Branch of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is to provide support to the Managers in the LRC Branch and, where required, to the Director the Branch, with the primary focus of the MDC/MDA’s work being on the MNO’s engagement on mineral exploration and mining development projects, issues and initiatives.  Under the direction of the Managers in LRC Branch, the MDC will assist in maintaining and increasing the MNO’s engagement on mineral exploration and mining development activities, initiatives and projects within the traditional territories of MNO Regions 1 and 2, in keeping with the MNO’s consultation framework and regional consultation protocols, and the related processes relating to the Crown’s Duty to Consult and Accommodate Indigenous peoples.

This position reports directly to the Manager of the LRC Branch, and from time to time and when specifically requested, to the Director of the LRC Branch. In carrying out the following duties, it is expected that the MDC will:

  • Fully understand the significance and fundamental importance of MNO’s Statement of Prime Purpose (SPP) to all of the MNO’s work, and specifically to the requirements of the position.
  • Adhere, at all times, to the MNO’s Policies and Procedures and the MNO Financial Policies and Procedures.
  • Uphold the MNO’s Standards of Professional Conduct at all times.
  • At all times, adhere to privacy laws and respect confidential information.
  • The employee must be cognizant of the Ontario Employment Standards Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Workers' Safety and Insurance Board, and other legislative and regulatory requirements.  
  • Collaboratively work within the LRC Branch to support the MNO’s consultation framework and regional consultation protocols.
  • Work in collaboration with the LRC Branch, other MNO branches and departments, MNO leadership, MNO citizens and MNO contractors and consultants on assigned projects and initiatives.
  • Ensure that all activities are conducted in keeping with established LRC Branch processes and procedures and the requirements set out in the various capacity  and related agreements to which the MNO is a party.
  • Attend the Annual General Assembly of the MNO and mandatory training, as required.

The incumbent is responsible for the following items, as well as other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the LRC Branch Manager or, from time to time, the Director of the LRC Branch:

  • Provide technical support to the LRC Branch and the MNO’s Regional Consultation Committees (RCCs) in relation to the MNO’s consultations on mineral exploration and development projects, issues and initiatives, which may impact Métis community rights, interests and way of life.  Duties include, but are not limited to, research, liaising and reporting on mineral exploration and development projects and initiatives in MNO Regions 1 and 2.
  • Plan and execute engagement activities with the RCCs and the MNO community, such as consultation meetings, site tours and community information sessions etc.  Duties include, but are not limited to, scheduling, confirming budgets, booking venues/catering, preparation of expense forms, purchase orders, agendas, briefings, briefing notes and leading meetings with RCCs, proponents, government officials, and MNO communities.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with proponents, government departments, and other mineral development/mining sector entities, on projects, relevant issues and initiatives affecting and impacting communities in MNO Regions 1 and 2.
  • Maintain a thorough record of all activities and consultations associated with projects, relevant issues and initiatives.  Software such as MS SharePoint or other project management software may be implemented for project and other related coordination purposes.
  • Develop communications for MNO communities regarding mineral exploration and development topics, issues and initiatives, as well as for specific projects.  Communications tools may include, but are not limited to, letters, invitations, Métis Voyageur advertisements, brochures, research briefings and webpage postings etc.
  • Work collaboratively with other staff of the LRC Branch, including the MNO Community Relations Unit and the MNO Way of Life Unit and the MNO Education and Training Branch on assigned projects, initiatives and issues.
  • Travel to communities to participate in, and present at, meetings.  This may require overnight stays in communities, long-distance driving, air travel and a varied work schedule include work during week-ends and evenings.
  • Perform other duties as might be assigned, from time to time, by the Managers of the LRC Branch and, at times, the Director of the LRC Branch.


  • Graduation with a degree from a recognized university or college, or equivalent experience, in natural resource management and/or environment sciences, with a specialization in mineral exploration and development, is preferred. Applicants with 3-5 years of relevant experience will also be considered.
  • Education and/or training in community engagement, Indigenous history and traditional knowledge and land use collection is a definite asset.
  • Education and/or training in project management/coordination is also a definite asset.
  • Education and background in mineral development studies and environmental studies is a definite asset.
  • Experience working on mining related issues and/or Indigenous rights issues is a definite asset.
  • Knowledge and application of the mineral exploration and mine development sequence and its challenges and opportunities.
  • Knowledge of Métis culture, traditional way of life and Métis-specific policy issues, or demonstrated ability to quickly acquire such knowledge, including knowledge of the MNO’s mandate, governance structure and Métis history and culture is a definite asset.
  • An understanding of regulatory processes related to mineral exploration and development and mineral related programs and policies under the Ontario and Federal regulatory regimes, and stakeholder participation in those regulatory processes; or a demonstrated ability to learn regulatory and related relevant processes quickly.
  • Relevant government policy experience is an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to effectively liaise with the LRC Branch staff, MNO leadership, government and proponents on a frequent and ongoing basis.
  • Proven organizational skills, a self-starter who can work independently and in a team environment that is dedicated to excellence.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced multi-issue environment, serving a wide range of varied internal and external interests often in demanding and stressful situations and requiring tact and judgment.
  • Willingness and availability to travel throughout Ontario, and intermittently work flexible hours, on evenings or weekends, when required.
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite software, including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook is an asset..
  • Ability to be flexible and meet new challenges as they arise, in a demanding and dynamic environment that can be stressful.
  • Ability to deliver presentations on technical information in plain language and facilitate discussions with large and small audiences.
  • Dependability and strong work ethic.
  • Willingness to learn and ability to take direction and to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Sensitivity and confidentiality.
  • Strong oral and written communication and facilitation skills.
  • Other Requirements:Valid driver’s license and ability to drive to communities within MNO Regions 1 and 2.

 The Métis Nation of Ontario welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preference may be given to qualified Métis candidates (please identify).


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