WINTER 2022 CO-OP: Treaties and Aboriginal Government (TAG) Junior Analyst

  • Location: Virtual
  • Deadline: November 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm


Treaties and Aboriginal Government (TAG) Junior Analyst


The Treaties and Aboriginal Government (TAG) sector of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) is deeply committed to advancing reconciliation and renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. TAG is also working in a spirit of collaboration and renewal with Indigenous groups and provincial and territorial partners to move towards reconciliation along many different paths. This collaborative work includes, exploring new ways to work collaboratively at Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussion tables (RIRSD), and by negotiating modern treaties and self-government agreements.


We are currently recruiting co-op students to join our fiscal policy, fiscal negotiations and treaty negotiation teams. Successful candidates will be assisting TAG branches, working in negotiations, fiscal negotiations, policy analysis, or project proposals to advance the negotiations. This internship will provide opportunities for training, mentoring, networking and development with other students, staff and the TAG management team.


TAG is currently recruiting co-op students for the following positions:

•        Economic Policy Junior Analyst

•        Fiscal Negotiations Junior Analyst

•        Negotiations Junior Analyst


Job Details

Work Term:       January – April 2022 (with the possibility of extension)

Location:            Virtual work/telework; regional offices located in: National Capital Region (ON/QC),

Québec City (QC), Winnipeg (MB), Vancouver (BC), Yellowknife (NWT)

Position Type:  Full-time

Hours:                 37.5 hours per week

Salary:                 Based on federal government student rates of pay – effective May 1, 2019. See the following web page:


Available Positions

Economic Policy Junior Analyst

•        Establishes and maintains ongoing processes for obtaining economic, sociological, demographic, anthropological, historical, geographical, land management, environmental management, and other statistical and qualitative data, policy development, and report production;

•        Research and analyze economic data from a variety of sources;


•        Presenting findings to colleagues and senior management;

•        Participates in committees and working groups to review data, methodologies and processes and protocols governing the quality control of data collected and produced; and,

•        Provide support to various strategic policy teams to advance the Co-Development Process with Self-Governing Indigenous Governments.

Fiscal Negotiations Junior Analyst

•        Participate in intercultural, intergovernmental and interdepartmental relations as a member of the federal fiscal negotiating team on various self-government negotiation files;

•        Participate in the development of fiscal agreements with Indigenous communities;

•        Carry out analytical work contributing to the development of financial mandates;

•        Contribute to the research and preparation of memos, reports, background papers, comparisons, summaries and presentations;

•        Carry out special projects that may include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:

•        Research and report writing on claims and litigation issues related to Indigenous peoples;

•        Researching primary and secondary sources, and drafting historical research reports on the historical evolution of CIRNAC, its treaties and policies; or participating in the preparation of

commemorative products such as web content and other outreach materials; and

•        Various administrative tasks, including: information management and communication, organization of meetings and consultations, and budgeting and procurement

Negotiations Junior Analyst

•        Conducts research/analysis and consults with federal officials on a variety of treaty negotiation issues and topics for preparation of written and oral submissions required to support treaty negotiations;

•        Advises and supports the federal team in meetings, consultations or negotiations through the clarification and contribution of ideas as appropriate (students may participate in negotiation sessions with Indigenous partners);

•        Schedules and coordinates briefings and strategic sessions, workshops and meetings, and makes travel arrangements as needed; and,

•        Coordinates and organizes record-keeping and information retrieval/management, including tracking or initiating action items.

Essential Qualifications

Education: Enrolment in a post-secondary program in a field of study relevant to the position,including but not limited to; economics, social sciences, statistics, Indigenous studies,


  history, policy analysis, negotiation, conflict resolution, land and resource management, commerce, geography, public administration, law, or Canadian studies.

Knowledge:        An understanding of the Indigenous organizations, governance, interests, language, culture and/or history in Canada

Additional Characteristics

•        English or French essential; bilingual is an asset

•        Knowledge of spoken/written Indigenous language(s)

•        Effective written and oral communication skills

•        Computer/word processing skills

•        Ability to manage work activities, meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure in a rapidly evolving environment

•        Ability to research and analyze complex issues

•        Dependability

•        Critical thinking

•        Strong interpersonal skills

Organizational Needs

Priority will be given to Canadian citizens.

The federal public service recognizes that the diversity of its employees’ population contributes to its strength and integrity. In support of achieving a diversified workforce, we strongly encourage

Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups to apply. Preference may be given to candidates in the above mentioned categories. We will ensure access to accommodations and adaptive technologies as required for successful candidates. Please refer to the Lending Library Service Pilot Project for further information.

Conditions of Employment

Reliability Status security clearance (to be processed upon hiring)


Candidates will be identified based on their strengths and suitability through the assessment process. Please indicate in your cover letter:

•        which position(s) you are applying for;

•        your preferred work location (regional office);

•        if you are interested / available for an 8-month work term;  o   Successful candidates may be offered the option of extending their co-op term, subject to successful completion of the first co-op term.

  • your preferred official language. 



Thank you for your interest in applying to the TAG sector of CIRNAC. We look forward to receiving your application.

Please contact for more information.


Treaties and Aboriginal Government Co-op Winter 2022 Selection Process – Written Assessment Question

Based on CrownIndigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada’s Mandate choose one major issue which affects Indigenous peoples in Canada and discuss the following:

  • a short overview of the issue itself,
  • what the Government of Canada is doing to address the issue, and
  • how you would approach it differently



  • Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
  • Self-government agreements
  • Aboriginal Rights and Title





Your written submission should be typed in Word using Arial 12 font and be a maximum one page long, single spaced with 1” margins.  Please include your name in the header.

You are permitted to use the internet to research your submission, but your answer must be written in your own words.  Answers that have been copied from information and documents found online will not be accepted.


Criteria being assessed:


  • Effective written communication skills
  • Computer/word processing skills
  • Ability to research and analyze complex issues
  • An understanding of the Indigenous organizations, governance, interests, language, culture and/or history in Canada