WINTER 2023 CO-OP: Junior Policy Analyst

  • Location: Ottawa, ON
  • Deadline: September 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Position: Junior Policy Analyst

Department: Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Branch/Division: External Relations & Strategic Policy / Indigenous Policy Division

Location: Ottawa or Vancouver

Duration: 4 months (starting January 2023)

Work Week: 37.5 hours

Are you looking to gain experience in policy analysis and negotiations, and undertake work related to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples?  Look no further to fulfil your career goals with the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada!

The Negotiations and Operational Policy team is part of the Indigenous Policy Division, which works together with Indigenous Peoples to support the goals of reconciliation and high quality impact assessment. We are a collaborative, flexible and innovative team responsible for leading on the negotiation of impact assessment components of modern land claims and self-government agreements with Indigenous nations.  We also provide support to the Agency on Indigenous-focused operational policy development, including on Indigenous knowledge. This is an exciting opportunity to expand your awareness of the treaty negotiation process and Indigenous aspects of the Agency’s mandate. You will also gain valuable experience within the federal public service.

More information on the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada can be found on the Agency’s website.

Job Description:

The Impact Assessment Agency is hiring a co-op student for this winter.  The position is with the Negotiations and Operational Policy team  (Indigenous Policy Division), which is responsible for the negotiation of impact assessment aspects of modern land claims and self-government agreements with Indigenous nations. This important work includes policy analysis, drafting of guidance, briefings for senior management, and research related to Indigenous policy and negotiations.

The position will involve:

  • Analysis and research related to the involvement and interests of Indigenous Peoples related to impact ‎assessment, Indigenous knowledge, modern treaties and other agreements
  • Coordination, analysis, file management and note taking for internal and external meetings relating to negotiation sessions and other related priority work
  • Preparation of briefings and other documents for senior management

Employment Equity:

  • Preference will be given to the employment equity category of Indigenous persons. In your application, please indicate if you are Indigenous.


The Agency is looking for someone with the following knowledge and skills:

  • Knowledge of current Indigenous issues in Canada
  • Knowledge of Indigenous peoples history and culture, including treaties
  • Knowledge of research and analysis
  • Experience in drafting social science, science, policy or technical documents

Personal Suitability

The Agency is looking for someone with the following personal suitability qualifications:

  • Effective interpersonal relationships;
  • Effective written and oral communication;
  • Initiative;
  • Dependability; and

Interested candidates must provide a short cover letter and resume demonstrating how they meet each of the knowledge and skills listed above. An effective approach would be to use the wording of each qualification criterion as a heading, and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating, with clear and accurate details, how you meet each of them. Potential candidates will be expected to demonstrate how they meet the personal suitability qualifications during an interview.

The applications from Cape Breton University Co-op students are due September 25, 2022 end of day.


For inquiries regarding the position, please contact:

Carolyn Dunn

Senior Policy Advisor, Indigenous Policy Division

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada