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Indigenous Legal Issues Researcher – Summer Student Position

Friday 12th May 2017 18:13   (Updated: Friday 12th May 2017 18:27)

Contract Position: June 19, 2017 - August 25, 2017 (10-week contract) Funded by Canada Summer Jobs

Indigenous Legal Issues Researcher – Summer Student Position


Community Legal Information Association of PEI Inc. (CLIA) is a registered charity that has been in operation since 1985. We provide information, referrals, and support to Islanders on legal issues. Our goal is to provide Islanders with understandable and useful information about our laws and the justice system. Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI) is a discipline that uses clear language to inform and educate the public about Canadian laws and the legal system.


The Indigenous Legal Issues Researcher will be responsible for the following:

  • Conduct a literature review including a comprehensive review of existing public legal education resources on Indigenous legal issues, including treaties;
  • Liaison with Indigenous organizations and individuals including Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI (MCPEI), Native Council of PEI, Abegweit First Nation and Lennox Island First Nation;
  • Support the drafting of CLIA’s resources on Indigenous legal issues in Canada;
  • Produce a clear and compelling presentation on Indigenous treaties and agreements pertinent to PEI;
  • Schedule and conduct presentations on Indigenous legal issues, and any new CLIA resources;
  • Support other staff to provide legal information and public legal education as needed.

Basic requirements:

  • 15-30 years of age and currently registered as a full-time student in a post-secondary, vocational or technical program, planning to return to full-time studies in the fall;
  • Competence in Microsoft Office applications;
  • Experience in problem identification and response;
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Experience in a multi-faceted, demanding work environment;
  • Aptitude to absorb and use new and complex information quickly;
  • Experience in public speaking and/or giving presentations;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and enjoy teamwork;
  • Skill in maintaining focus and confidentiality in an open office setting.


  • Knowledge of Aboriginal language, culture, history and justice issues;
  • Experience working with community and government organizations;
  • Experience dealing with people who may be upset and in crisis;
  • Interest in legal issues and community well-being;
  • Working knowledge of spoken and written French, and other languages;
  • Access to reliable transportation.


Please Note: Priority will be given to applications from qualified Aboriginal people.

Please submit your application (including résumé and references) to: CLIA@cliapei.ca

Deadline for application: Midnight AST, Thursday, May 25th, 2017.

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