Reconciliation in Oak Bay
Contract Position: First Nations Advisor
The First Nations Advisor is an integral member of the team and is responsible to provide skills‐based
training to staff and Council on intercultural competencies, engage with local First Nations to identify
areas of mutual interest and explore potential partnerships.
The District of Oak Bay values diversity within the workplace. For this position, we also want to highlight
that First Nations, Inuit, Metis ancestry is regarded as directly relevant to the skills and knowledge for
excellence in the position. Pursuant to Section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code,
preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry.
This contract is for a 1‐year period with an opportunity for extension. The approved budget is $50,000.
Additional resources may be required in subsequent years as the Advisor’s work plan evolves and mid to
long‐term strategies are implemented.
We would like to hear from you if you are qualified and see yourself supporting the District in this
important work. Please apply in confidence, by June 10, 2022 to Selina Williams, Chief Administrative
At the February 14, 2022 Council Meeting, Oak Bay Council adopted in principle the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconcilation, as called for in Number 43 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.
43. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is an international set of standards to uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for to be used as a framework for moving toward true and lasting reconciliation. The Declaration addresses cultural preservation, racism, sovereignty, health and other aspects of challenges that indigenous peoples face.
At the February 14, 2022 Council Meeting, Council also directed District Staff bring forward Terms of Reference to establish a Task Force to bring forward recommendations for collaborating and unifying District Committees and Community Associations and Committees on building paths to reconciliation with Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, in a manner that is respectful to First Nations and resource capacity.
As this work is carried out, updates will be shared on this page.
- Truth and Reconcilliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- The Declaration Act