Indigenous Participation Coordinator

Opiikapawiin Services LP

Indigenous Participation Coordinator


Company Background

Opiikapawiin Services LP (“Opiikapawiin”) was established by a partnership of 24 First Nations in northwestern Ontario. The 24 First Nations partnership is also majority owner in Wataynikaneyap Power, a transmission company building 1800km of new transmission line to connect remote First Nations to the provincial grid. Opiikapawiin is primarily responsible for administering projects and programs for Wataynikaneyap Power relating to community engagement, community readiness, education & training, business readiness, stakeholder engagement, communications, and capacity building. Opiikapawiin will also support the First Nations partnership in the management of its investment in Wataynikaneyap Power, which includes raising equity for the First Nations interest in the transmission project.

Job Description

The Indigenous Participation Coordinator is a full-time position, who will report to the Indigenous Participation Manager and work collaboratively within the Participation team and performs a key role in supporting the team Indigenous Participation activities. The position will be responsible for, but not limited to, supporting the Manager and Advisors for implementing the Indigenous Participation Guide and organizing information related to the progress reports on the Transmission Line Project Indigenous Participation plans. The Indigenous Participation Coordinator will support in the coordination of the Indigenous Participation activities including Community Readiness, Business Readiness and Contracting, Education, Training, and Skills Development, Economic Participation and Communications.

The Indigenous Participation Coordinator will represent Opiikapawiin Services and Wataynikaneyap Power in a professional manner at all times. The person in this role will work directly with the teams from Opiikapawiin Services and Wataynikaneyap Power PM Inc.

Since Opiikapawiin Services is an organization that provides services in First Nations communities, the ideal applicant will possess a demonstrated knowledge of First Nations protocols, language, and culture.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate information and tracking project related expectations on First Nation protocols.
  • Coordinate event workshop or conference planning activities for participating First Nation member engagement.
  • Organize meetings and schedule appointments, arrange meeting logistics, transcribe meetings when required and develop meeting minutes.
  • Organize content and develop presentations, reports, and information bulletins.
  • Maintain regular scheduled contact with Community Liaison and providing support for local capacity development.
  • Provide support in engaging Elders about Indigenous community values and customs in relation to the planning and development of Indigenous Participation programs and activities.
  • Assist and ensure tasks and deliverables are met with the various projects Opiikapawiin has initiated. • Maintain community contact list and other contact information relation to Indigenous Business and Employment activities.
  • • Assist in review and track of performance indicators of Indigenous Participation requirements.

Other duties may include;

  • • Assist Administrative Coordinator at times of high activity. Assist in meetings transcribing and note taking as required
  • • Other duties to support the organization, and administrative duties as assigned including moving and lifting up to 25lbs boxes for events.


Education & Experience:

  • Education equivalent to completion of two years of college-level coursework a field related to the work plus a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.

Required Skills:

  • Computer skills and experience with MS Office suite including Sharepoint.
  • Excellent skills with attention to detail and data management using online tools, desktop tools, and other tools to integrate into workflow.
  • Administrative office skills. Experience with filing and document control.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Problem identification and problem resolution skills.
  • Demonstrates a significant ability for discretion and confidentiality in handling sensitive issues.
  • Demonstrates ability to maintain a fast work pace and team-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrates ability to type, copy, distribute, file and retrieve correspondence in an error-free manner.

Other Experience

  • Ability to work effectively with First Nation communities and with Indigenous Peoples
  • Demonstrated experience with working harmoniously with First Nation communities, members and partners on infrastructure projects
  • Strong understanding of Indigenous culture in Northwestern Ontario and protocols
  • Knowledge of the economic, social, and political environment of Northwestern Ontario and/or experience with remote community realities
  • The ability to communicate verbally in the Indigenous languages spoken in Northwestern Ontario is not required but considered an important asset
  • Valid Class “G” license

Employment Type, Location

300 Anemki Place, Suite “C”

Fort William First Nation, Ontario

The Indigenous Participation Coordinator will work Monday to Friday within normal business hours.


Negotiable, based on education & experience.

Application & Deadline

Applications shall include a resume, cover letter, and attached references including the most recent employer and at least two others. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Applications must be directed by email to:

Opiikapawiin Services LP

Attn: Lucie Edwards – Chief Executive Officer

Subject: OSLP Indigenous Participation Coordinator

Applicants may be required to submit a criminal background check.

More information on Opiikapawiin Services LP can be found at We wish to thank in advance all those who submit applications. ONLY THOSE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED and only the successful candidate will be notified.