Indigenous Advisory Circle

– NOTICE –
the deadline for Expressions of Interest has been extended to
5:00 pm on December 16,
 2022. 

Call for Expressions of Interest 

The Law Foundation of British Columbia (the Foundation) is headquartered on the traditional, unceded lands of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Foundation grants support justice programs across the Indigenous territories that make up BC. As part of the legal infrastructure in this province, the Foundation shares an extraordinary duty to build good relationships with Indigenous peoples, and a responsibility to ensure that Indigenous justice initiatives are a priority in its grant-making.

As an important part of existing efforts to support the advancement of Indigenous justice, the Foundation is establishing an Indigenous Advisory Circle for the first time in its history. The Circle will advise the Foundation on any of its work and particularly that which has a pronounced impact on Indigenous peoples and communities. The Circle will be a space for dialogue about the Foundation’s practices, and how they may be developed over time. The Circle will guide the Foundation in its efforts to build a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples that promotes trust, respect, and accountability.

The Foundation is seeking expressions of interest for the Indigenous Advisory Circle. The Foundation will centre Indigenous peoples and their perspectives in this work, and therefore only those self-identifying as Indigenous are eligible. Indigenous Advisors will be financially compensated for time spent preparing for and attending meetings. Those with under-represented identities or from under-represented communities will be prioritized. This may include those residing in reserve communities, those identifying as 2SLGBTQIA+, survivors of adverse experiences, and those with a diversity of work and educational histories. The Foundation is actively seeking young people, though anyone under the age of 18 will require guardian consent to participate.

Eligibility

In order to apply to be on the Indigenous Advisory Circle, you must: 

  • Identify as Indigenous; and
  • Reside on the lands known as British Columbia.

Commitment 

Advisors are asked to commit to a two-year term with options for continuing terms.

Advisors will be expected to attend more than half of scheduled meetings in each year. There may be up to five meetings scheduled per year. Meetings may take place on a weekday or weekend and will be scheduled at least two months in advance. Advisors will be expected to engage in at least two hours of preparation before each meeting.

Advisors will agree to follow the Foundation’s confidentiality and workplace harassment and bullying policies.

Meetings of the Indigenous Advisory Circle may take place virtually or in-person. During the first year in which we expect to hold two meetings, we expect the compensation to be approximately $2,800 for meeting participation and preparation. In future years we expect to hold up to four meetings and that compensation will be approximately $5,600.  Any costs associated with in-person attendance will be reimbursed according to the Foundation’s expense guidelines.

Process 

Expressions of Interest must be submitted using the form below and are due no later than 5:00 pm on December 16, 2022. 

The Foundation will confirm membership of the Indigenous Advisory Circle in early 2023.

Please reach out to Foundation staff at indigenousjustice@lawfoundationbc.org with any questions or concerns.

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Expression of interest 

Please complete the Expression of Interest form below. Applicants are encouraged to keep answers brief (less than 300 words).

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PRIVACY NOTIFICATION:
Your personal information is collected under s. 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This information will be used in the selection process for membership of the Indigenous Advisory Committee and for no other purpose. It will be held confidentially by the Law Foundation of BC. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to [email protected]