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Indigenous & Government Relations Assistant

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Indigenous & Government Relations Assistant

Full Time One Year Contract
Location: Within the GTA

Job Description

Do you have experience working in the not for profit or charitable sector and have an interest in  public policy or government relations? Are you interested in gaining valuable experience learning one-on-one with an experienced Indigenous VP?

Indspire is seeking an Indigenous individual who is energized by challenges and passionate in being a part of shaping the future of education for Indigenous people in Canada.

Indspire is an Indigenous Charity that has grown and developed into one of the Top 10 Charities of Impact in Canada that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.

Purpose of Position

As the Indigenous & Government Relations Assistant, you would be supporting our VP, Indigenous & Government Relations. During your contract, you’ll receive training that will build transferrable skills in prospect research, report submission, proposal writing, government affairs strategies and tactics, database administration and various administrative skills.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop greater prospect research of potential public-sector partners at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government across Canada.
  • Create various briefing notes and prospect lists.
  • Research and create public sector partner reports, updating partner records and briefing notes.
  • Assist with public sector reporting requirements.
  • Gather required information from Indspire’s Student Success, Development and Finance teams to complete reports.
  • Develop reporting timeline .
  • Respond to information requests.
  • Assist with DonorPro/Raiser’s Edge database.

This is not an exhaustive list and other duties may be assigned.


  • Completion of a college diploma or degree preferred plus a minimum of 1- year experience in a non-profit fundraising department or in a similar environment
  • Prior experience in public policy, political science or public administration is desirable
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills required
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and exceptional process management and organization skills
  • Ability to work with sensitive information with complete confidentiality
  • Must be detail oriented and be able to manage multiple projects independently
  • Proactive, and innovative problem solver
  • Knowledge of or experience working with Indigenous cultures/traditions is an asset
  • Work experience with a charity is an asset


  • Hybrid workplace that provides flexibility for working from home and working in the office.
  • Participate in Indspire’s Learning Plan and access resources through LinkedIn Learning.
  • Opportunity to be mentored from staff who are passionate about Indigenous education and want to help you develop your professional skills.

Role Requirements

  • Be a resident of the Greater Toronto Area
  • Identify as from a First Nation, Métis or Inuit background
  • Be registered (or eligible to register) with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training

How to Apply

To apply, register with Miziwe Biik as well as forward your résumé and cover letter to hr@indspire.ca. We appreciate your interest, but only qualified applicants that meet the requirements will be contacted.

This position is open until filled.