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Simon Fraser University is known for being highly involved with the community, combining innovative education, cutting-edge research, and widespread community engagement. They pride themselves on being unconventional, fearless, compassionate, approachable, and prepared for any challenge. The university values and celebrates diversity in people, ideas, and cultures, recognizing that these differences bring about new perspectives and enrich the learning experience. Overall, SFU is Canada's engaged university dedicated to fostering a dynamic learning environment that produces well-rounded and engaged graduates. Simon Fraser University is committed to its Truth and Reconciliation journey as outlined in the Walk This Path With Us and annual Reconciliation Reports that can be found in the organizational link below.

Simon Fraser University acknowledges the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish),
səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and
Tsawwassen peoples on whose traditional territories their three campuses reside.

Organization Link:

Walk This Path With Us and Annual Reconciliation Reports

Job Specifications:

About the Role

The Director of Indigenous Initiatives for the people, equity and inclusion portfolio will oversee the portfolio for Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenization and Decolonization at the university, with a focus on improving Indigenous outreach, recruitment, hiring, and retention efforts for faculty and staff. This role will create a strategic plan and framework based on Indigenous ways of knowing, and developing institutional Indigenous practices that align with policies, faculty and staff agreements, and relevant legislation. Additionally, the role acts as a central resource, providing education, training, and advice to leaders and employee committees, and works collaboratively with the Indigenous community of the university to advance Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenization and Decolonization efforts, including supporting Indigenous faculty and staff.


Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Justice, Education, or a relevant discipline, including courses in conflict resolution and five years of related experience in a large public sector organization developing and implementing Indigenous initiatives that center Indigenous ideologies, decolonization, collaboration,conflict resolution, and cultural sensitivity. Experience working with applicable legislation governing employment equity and the BC Human Rights Code and lived experience of indigenous knowledge systems and protocols, or an equivalent combination of education, skills and experience.

  • Knowledge of the 94 Calls to Action from the B.C. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • Knowledge of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Knowledge of the Government of British Columbia’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act  Action Plan
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution
  • Knowledge of the Federal Contractor Reporting Program
  • Working knowledge of the BC Human Rights Code
  • Knowledge of best practices in Human Resources and Compensation and wise practices for hiring,retention and recruitment
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent project management, strategic planning, and organizational development skills
  • Ability to strategize on operationalizing university plans related to Truth and Reconciliation,Indigenization, and Decolonization

The annual salary for this role is: $95,800 - $132,000

  • In accordance with Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, this opportunity is limited to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous or have Indigenous ancestry. Candidates are invited to submit a self-identification narrative/story of their Indigenous lived experience and a letter of support from Indigenous community to be considered for this position. We understand and acknowledge the deleterious effects of colonial and ongoing systems and structures such as residential schools, the 60s scoop and “status” cards on Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit or Métis) identity. This process is therefore intended to be interpreted in a broad understanding of Indigenous lived experiences and Indigenous community. Support letters for example, include letters from urban-based organizations, respected community elders outside place-based family/Nations for those in the process of reclaiming place-based connections and similar expressions of support. We acknowledge the potential emotional labour and/or (re)traumatizing impacts of sharing personal narratives in this context and encourage applicants to consider this fully in their decision-making to apply.
  • Simon Fraser University is committed to the principle of Employment Equity.

How to Apply: 

Should you be interested in applying to the role please send your resume and cover letter to: Kanu Jacobsen at -or- Jessie Williams at

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