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Policy Analyst (Treaty Education) (Designated)

Date: Jan 4, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2Y3

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 28499 

Department: Aboriginal Affairs

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/18/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is designed for those applicants who self-identity as an Indigenous Person. If you are a member of this equity group, you must self-identify during the application process, to be considered.


Preference may be given to those who identity specifically as Mi’kmaw and / or reside in a Mi’kmaw community in Nova Scotia.

About Us


The Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs is responsible for coordinating the Province's approach to Aboriginal issues. That includes discussions and negotiations with the Government of Canada and organizations representing Mi'kmaq communities. Much of our work is conducted through the Mi'kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum and the Made-in-Nova Scotia Process.


In addition, the Office has a mandate to increase public awareness and knowledge about the Mi'kmaq and our shared history through the Treaty Education Nova Scotia Initiative. In October 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey and Millbrook First Nation to work in partnership for the purpose of advancing, supporting, and promoting Treaty Education in Nova Scotia and create opportunities for every Nova Scotian to learn about our shared history in the province and in Canada. This is a long-term, generational process and we recognize that it is important to take the time to build a strong foundation of knowledge and resources by working closely with Elders and education professionals.


Mi’kmaq and Provincial government officials are developing specific treaty education programs and services for the education system, the provincial civil service, and the broader public.


If you are a creative, innovative, solution-focused thinker and collaborator with knowledge and understanding of current Indigenous issues, allyship and reconciliation, excellent communication skills, policy/program skills, and connections to Mi’kmaw community who is searching for a dynamic opportunity, we have an exciting opening for you

About Our Opportunity


As the Policy Analyst you will be conducting research and facilitating various projects and special assignments with respect to policies, programs, events, and initiatives related to Treaty Education.


The Policy Analyst works regularly with the Director of Treaty Education at OAA, the Nova Scotia Treaty Education Lead at Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, and members of the Treaty Education Implementation Committee (TEIC). In consultation with the Director of Treaty Education, other staff and senior officials, the Analyst will develop practical options and recommendations to support the Treaty Education mandate, and further advance government initiatives and address current and future needs.


As the Policy Analyst you will cultivate relationships with key Treaty Education partners and manage research projects that assist in a better understanding of the Treaty relationship in Nova Scotia. The Policy Analyst will work with the Treaty Day advisory group as the provincial lead on Treaty Day events, the Mi’kmaq History Month Committee on provincial event planning and work with internal and external stakeholders and Mi’kmaq and Indigenous community members


The Policy Analyst for Treaty Education will report to the Director of Treaty Education, Office of Aboriginal Affairs (OAA) and work as part of a team of partners focusing on the Nova Scotia Treaty Education initiative.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Take part in business planning, budgetary and fiscal planning, and support the OAA’s participation with assigned departmental and provincial working groups and other planning and management functions.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of policy and programs including environmental scanning
  • Communications, including social media
  • Report and recommendation preparation
  • Gathering, analyzing, and sharing information via oral briefings, written briefing notes, financial and written reports
  • Creating and delivering workshops and presentations.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have an undergraduate degree plus five years related experience, or a graduate degree plus 3 years experience.  Equivalences such as a combination of course work and/or volunteer experience related to education, community engagement and/or policy and program development will also be considered.

As the successful candidate, you will also have experience and knowledge in Mi’kmaw history and culture. You understand provincial government decision-making processes to lead the development of strategies, policies, and programs.  You can develop and cultivate strong relationships across provincial government departments and Mi’kmaw/Indigenous community such as Mi’kmaw organizations, Mi’kmaq educators, elders, knowledge holders, community leaders, etc.

For this role you also have:


  • Demonstrated partner engagement skills and the ability to build healthy collaborative relationships.
  • Knowledge and understanding Indigenous reconciliation.
  • Experience in managing projects, policy and evaluation techniques using an equity and diversity lens.

You have superior writing skills (written and verbal) with proven experience in report writing and preparation of briefing materials and computer skills, including thorough knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, excellent presentation skills.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Conceptual Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Outcome Focus, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



The Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.

Additional Information


Please note this is a repost of competition # 27865.


The role requires some provincial travel, therefore, a valid drivers license is required.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • An engaged workplace where we foster respect and recognition.
  • Forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules 



Pay Grade:  EC 10 

Salary Range:  $2,666.26 - $3,324.99 Bi-Weekly   


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


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Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to