Indigenous Relations Specialist

BC Hydro
December 5, 2022
Job Type
Some experience required
Salary Type
To Be Determined
Bachelor's Degree
British Columbia


Source:             BC Hydro
Job Title:           Indigenous Relations Specialist
Job Number:     BCH-R-2701-221129E1
Job Location:    Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada

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Providing clean electricity to 4 million customers takes a diverse workforce and that’s where you come in. We need your talent to help us build major projects to meet growing demand. To help our customers find clean energy solutions for their homes and businesses and to be ready to respond during storms and outages to keep our system reliable.

Working for BC Hydro is meaningful. And now, the stakes have been raised as we work towards a solution to climate change while safely providing clean, affordable electricity to our customers.

We offer a healthy work life balance, training opportunities and career progression. We're proud to be ranked as one of B.C.'s Top Employers and one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers. Join us as we build an even cleaner B.C.



This Project Engagement Position is critical for Indigenous engagement on Site C Project, to complete our regulatory requirements, implement project agreements (IBA’s, TLA’s, & settlement agreements), coordinate procurement opportunities, in addition to building on our relationships with Treaty 8 Nations as Site C transitions into operations.

  • Leads relationships with First Nations in Northeast BC to foster collaboration and advance reconciliation consistent with the company’s commitment to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
  • Leads BC Hydro’s consultation with First Nations on capital projects and related regulatory and provincial authorizations ensuring adequacy of consultation has been met.
  • Supports compliance through meeting First Nation conditions and commitments under provincial and federal authorizations and implements and tracks commitments made to First Nations through agreements.
  • Leads the First Nations component on capital projects where relationship, legal, environmental, reputation and other key risks are moderate to high.
  • Develops consultation plans during project scoping including identifying and consulting with Project Managers to execute the First Nation component.
  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge of relationship management, applying persuasive influence and negotiation, and building and maintaining trust within highly diverse communities in the Province.
  • Participates in the research, assessment and development of business strategies pertaining to Indigenous Relations. Identifies and analyzes issues and develops options for consideration. May assume the lead role in managing key Indigenous Relations issues and initiatives for the company.
  • Evaluates source and scope of complex situations that may occur during consultation stages and identifies options and alternatives for finding resolution while balancing cultural, territorial and other considerations.
  • Provides technical leadership to Project Coordinators and other junior roles in all aspects of project planning, execution, documentation, records management and relationship management with First Nations.
  • As a technical specialist and leader in First Nation engagement, this position is viewed and accessed by a wide range of operational areas within BC Hydro to support, intervene in and resolve actual or potential conflicts between BC Hydro interests and First Nation communities.


  • University Undergraduate degree in First Nations Studies, Public Administration, political science, land and resource management, law, anthropology or related discipline or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in a business environment (public or private sector, preferably resource-based organization).
  • Subject matter expertise in First Nation relationship-building, consultation and engagement, including proven experience working with Indigenous Peoples to advance projects and initiatives.

Preferences will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience in the clean energy sector.
  • Experience with environmental assessment and preparing provincial and federal regulatory applications and First Nation consultation requirements for capital projects.


This location is eligible for a Remote Incentive of 12%. Remote Incentives are paid bi-weekly to Full-Time Regular employees working in eligible remote locations. (Fort St. John)

  • This location is eligible for Extended Health Care Medical Travel Benefit. The Extended Health Care Medical Travel Benefit is extended to Full-Time Regular, Part-Time Regular and Full-Time Temporary employees who are permanenty working in eligible remote locations.
  • A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain the following requirements in good standing:
  • Driver's License Type = Class 5
  • While this position is listed as being based at our Fort St. John office, we may consider this position to be based out of the Lower Mainland area offices, subject to space availability.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their applications online at  by January 2, 2023

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We're always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It's an exciting time to be a part of our team as we invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Our values guide our work. Want to join us?

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  • We are here for our customers.
  • We are one team.
  • We include everyone.
  • We act with integrity and respect.
  • We are forward thinking.

BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

We include everyone. We welcome applications from anyone, including members of visible minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

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Our four role types identify the degree of flexibility an employee could have to work from home based on the type of work they do. The flexibility for an individual job is up to the manager for each position and the operational requirements. Employees also have the right to work full-time from the office if they prefer. All of our roles require at least some in-person time.

IBEW/Field – No option to work from home

Resident – Works primarily (4+ days per week) in the office.

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Remote – Works from home 4+ days per week

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