CBU RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS – Specific Claims Researcher, The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq


The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (The CMM) is a Tribal Council representing seven Mi’kmaq communities of mainland Nova Scotia. Our mission is to
proactively promote and assist Mi’kmaq communities’ initiatives towards self-determination and enhancement of community. The CMM is located in the Millbrook
Mi’kmaw Community in Nova Scotia and has over 70 employees.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent Experience
  • Computer Skills/Data Entry

Preferred Skills:

  • Proficiencies in operation of Microsoft Word/Access/Research Databases
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal History/Culture/Land Claims
  • Motivated ability to work in a team environment
  • Able to work with little supervision


Specific Accountabilities:
Gather all relevant historical documents related to a Claim and format the documents on behalf of the CMM member bands to meet the minimum standard as set out by
the Specific Claims Branch. The Claims Researcher will be expected to use both in-house and public resources and information repositories to find relevant historical
documents on Claims. The Claims Researcher must identify gaps in knowledge and assist the Research Manager in creating a narrative of the Claims which will be
incorporated into a legal argument meeting the minimum standard as defined by the Specific Claims Branch. The Researcher will conduct any additional research as
deemed necessary for the advancement of submitted claims.


  • Develop the necessary background research to begin a Claim
  • Conduct detailed research using a variety of sources to support the Claim
  • Assist with public inquires for research materials
  • Follow-up research to meet the minimum standard required by the Specific Claims Branch (SCB)
  • Draft documents required for the proper formatting of a Claim
  • Monitor and control the research data and the claims process
  • Scan and transcribe historical documents to be legible and accurate
  • Recommend changes to process and opportunities for development
  • Participate in community liaison opportunities, education, and community strategy development
  •  Assist in developing presentations of the Claim to CMM member bands
  • Travel to Library and Archives Canada, Nova Scotia Archives, Department of Natural Resources, and any other information repository as requested by your Manager, Director, or Executive Director to gather historical documents relevant in the creation of a Claim
  • Transfer completed Claims files to CD or other digital medium for distribution to SCB and member bands
  • Liaison with government and non-government entities to gather information necessary to support a Claim
  • Create hardcopy documents from microfilm reels that meet the minimum standard of the SCB
  • Printing and binding hardcopies of a Claim for submission to the SCB
  • Develop a working knowledge of Docushare database system to retrieve and archive documents
  • Assist with annual inventory of CMM research materials
  • And other related duties as requested from time to time by your Manager, Director and the Executive Director


  • Research Workshop
  • Training required for upkeep and maintenance of Docushare Database
  • Training required to develop research skills
  • Research Department Staff Meetings
  • And other related training as requested from time to time by your Manager, Director and the Executive Director

Application Details

Salary/Employment Term: Salary is based on experience and qualifications. This is a seven month term position with the opportunity for renewal.

Submit Resume to:
Michelle Hepworth, Office Manager
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq
PO BOX 1590, Truro NS B2N 5V3
Email: michelle@cmmns.com

Deadline for applications is Thursday, August 9th. 2018.

We are an equal opportunity employer, however, qualified Aboriginal applicants will be given priority in accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Only those applicants who qualify for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate may be required to submit a current criminal record check