If you are interested and able to help influence the future of Parks Canada’s cultural heritage policies, guidelines and programs and are passionate about the future of Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Canada, then we encourage you to apply to be a member of the new Indigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Council.

In the fall of 2018, Parks Canada hosted two gatherings that brought together Indigenous peoples and Parks Canada staff to discuss how Parks Canada can improve its cultural heritage processes and policies to be more inclusive of Indigenous peoples and their perspectives.

Parks Canada is committed to ensuring that we continue to move forward to address some of the issues raised during the gatherings.


For a copy of the report, please email dena.rozon@canada.ca

In an effort to stay connected and support the work described in the report from the gatherings, Parks Canada is creating a new Indigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Council to provide advice and share perspectives with Parks Canada on how to continue to advance our work on cultural heritage related projects and initiatives, how to stay connected to a community of Indigenous cultural heritage practitioners, and how to support Parks Canada’s work in updating/reviewing policies and guidelines, programs and activities as they relate to Cultural Heritage.

Parks Canada is launching an application process to invite potential Council members to submit their applications.

After reviewing the content on this website, if you have any additional questions or experience any difficulties submitting your application, including technical issues, please email dena.rozon@canada.ca.

The Role of the Indigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Council (ICHAC)

The Indigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Council (ICHAC) is a new Council through which First Nations, Inuit and Métis people will share perspectives and provide advice to Parks Canada on cultural heritage-related projects or initiativesFootnote *, ensuring that the unique rights, interests and perspectives of Indigenous peoples are acknowledged and affirmed.

The Council will also support Parks Canada in advancing reconciliation and supporting the Agency in managing the heritage places in its care in the spirit and intent of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People.

The Council will be asked to provide advice on approaches for co-development, consultation and engagement with Indigenous peoples on various cultural heritage related projects or initiativesFootnote * including the updating or development of new policies and guidelines.

* Cultural Heritage related projects or initiatives for the scope of work for this Council could include anything related to history and heritage, including presentation of history at sites managed by Parks Canada, designations and commemorations, archaeology, collections and repatriation, management of cultural resources, and other related programs and initiatives.

Key activities

Working in collaboration with Parks Canada, during the first few meetings, the Council will:

  • review and advise on both a set of over-arching Guiding Principles and a new Cultural Heritage Policy Framework for the Agency;
  • input into and support the development of a prioritized work plan for the policy review work;
  • finalize the Terms of Reference at the first meeting; and
  • address any additional topics that may arise that are within the mandate of the Council.

Time commitments

Council members are expected to participate in approximately two or three – 2 day face-to-face meetings and 3-5 half day conference calls a year. A calendar of meetings will be developed with input from Council members once the Council is in place.

Additional conference calls may be organized as needed. These additional calls will depend on necessity and will be discussed and agreed upon with Council members.

Members of the Council will be appointed for a term of two years, with the possibility of extension.

Council Members may be asked to support various engagement efforts hosted by Parks Canada however this will be based on the availability and interest of the Council members to do so.

Meetings will be organized in various locations in Canada.

Some preparation work in advance of each meeting will be required. Members of the Council will be asked to review documents and reports that are distributed in advance to support the discussions during the Council meetings.

Council members may also be asked to gather information and perspectives and to share these with the Council in order to inform discussions and next steps.

Composition

  • Six to eight members will be appointed to form a Council with a range of expertise, diversity of experience and a variety of perspectives, as appropriate to the mandate. Members will be appointed for terms of two years (with the possibility of renewal).
  • The Council will be co-chaired by one Indigenous representative and one representative of Parks Canada.
  • The membership of the Council will strive to reflect the Indigenous communities as best as possible, and will represent a diversity of regions of Canada.
  • One position of the ICHAC will be reserved for a member of the Indigenous Heritage Circle (IHC).
  • Membership will include a minimum of one First Nations person, one Métis person and one Inuit person.
  • Members will contribute their experience and expertise to the work of the ICHAC independently and not on behalf of any particular association, political body, firm or other organization to which they may belong.
  • Other than one of the two co-chairs, Government of Canada employees are not eligible for membership in this council. Employees of other governments and government agencies (Indigenous, Provincial, Territorial, etc.) are eligible for membership but not as representatives of those organizations.
  • Membership of the ICHAC will be reviewed regularly to ensure the experience, knowledge and expertise of the membership is aligned with the work planned for the coming year. Members of the ICHAC can be added if a certain expertise is identified and not currently on the Council.

Qualifications

The members of the ICHAC must be able to provide knowledgeable advice related to the role of the Council, on the basis of their relevant experience and/or specialized expertise.

Essential criteria

Members must:

  1. self-identify as Métis, Inuit or First Nations;
  2. have significant cultural heritage knowledge or expertise;
  3. hold senior positions or titles such as (but not limited to) Elder, Knowledge Keeper, teacher or professor, executive director, curator or elected official, cultural advisor or representative from Indigenous governments, communities or nations; and
  4. have a broad understanding of the Indigenous history and cultural heritage practices, policies and protocols in Canada and have networks outside of their own communities.

Remuneration

Council members will be compensated for their time for meeting preparation and meetings as well as for work required by them on behalf of the Council.

Council members will also be reimbursed for expenses incurred on approved travel for the Council, such as transportation, accommodation and meal costs, according to relevant Government of Canada polices including the Treasury Board's Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to become a member of this council, please submit the following documents by email to: dena.rozon@canada.ca or by fax to 613-937-1309 by Friday August 23, 2019:

Letter of Interest (maximum of three pages), including information on:

  • A short paragraph summarizing what you would like to contribute to this work; and
  • How you meet the essential criteria (summarize your experience as it relates to the mandate of the Council).

Resume, including information on:

  • Relevant experience and expertise;
  • Relevant credentials, achievements and/or publications; and
  • Contact information for two references.

Note: Parks Canada may contact applicants if additional information is required.

As well, should anyone interested in applying wish to receive some support in the preparation of their application documents, you may contact Indigenous Heritage Circle by emailing info@indigenousheritage.ca or by calling 250-434-2243.

If you have questions about the council or the appointment process, please e-mail your questions to: dena.rozon@canada.ca

Selection Process

All applications will be evaluated by a Selection Committee made up of Parks Canada officials, according to established criteria.

Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

The Selection Committee will make recommendations to the Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage, taking into account the individual qualifications of the candidates and the range of expertise and diversity of experience in the composition of the council overall.

Members will be appointed for the Council taking into account the recommendations made by the Selection Committee.

Privacy Notice Statement

Before you provide us with your personal information, please take a few moments to review the following privacy statement.

The Parks Canada Agency is coordinating a selection process for the Indigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Council (ICHAC). For the purposes of this selection process, the Agency will collect the personal information provided by you. The selection process includes the nomination of members to the Council. Information is collected under the authority of the Parks Canada Agency ACT. All information collected will be treated with the upmost confidentiality.

“Personal information” is any information, in any form, about an identifiable individual; including details of an individual’s personal experiences, or views or opinions about that individual. Please refer to section 3 of the Privacy Act for further details regarding personal information.

The Agency is committed to protecting the privacy rights of individuals and safeguarding the personal information under its control in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act.

Should you decide to apply for a position on the Council, it is important to know that your submission constitutes your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of the information provided therein in accordance with the Privacy Act.

Necessary mandatory information has been indicated on the application form and identified in the “How to Apply” section of the call for nominations. Information not identified as mandatory is optional. If completed, this information will be taken into account by the Agency’s Selection Committee in making their recommendations. Your personal information will be used to assess your competencies as required by the position’s selection criteria. The Selection Committee will be provided with all information related to the candidate for review. The Selection Committee will then assess the candidates identified and recommend finalists to be considered by the Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage at Parks Canada. Note that we will not use the information you submit for any other purpose without first obtaining your explicit consent or unless in accordance with the Privacy Act.

Your personal information will be shared with the Selection Committee members and the Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage at Parks Canada only. All selected Council members who agree to be on the Council will be required to provide additional personal information in order to enter into an “agreement” with the Agency so that they may be compensated for time and expenses. The Council members may also be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to commencing work as members of the Council.

You have the right to request access to your information and to request corrections where you believe there is an error or omission. You may contact Parks Canada’s Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) team at pc.aiprp-atip.pc@canada.ca to exercise these rights.

You also have the right to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at any time regarding the Agency’s handling of your personal information.

By providing your personal information, you acknowledge that you have read and understood this statement and consent to the Agency’s collection, use and disclosure of your personal information.