Career Fact Sheets

Indigenous Relations Specialist

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Indigenous Relations Specialists from Shared Value Solutions conducting a Traditional Knowledge study in partnership with First Nations representatives. Photo: Shared Value Solutions

An Indigenous relations specialist usually starts their career by being deeply rooted in an Indigenous community. This background gives them in-depth knowledge of Indigenous culture, community issues, and governance. They work to create positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

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Is it right for me?

Indigenous relations specialists must be able to see things from other people’s perspectives. They meet with communities to identify their needs and work toward solutions that benefit all. They do research, write reports, and prepare community engagement activities. They are patient in building relationships and trust with Indigenous people.

Salary

Salaries depend on location and years of experience. Entry-level positions start at around $49,000 and salaries can go up to $128,000 with many years of experience. The average salary is around $75,000.

Education*

The road to working as an Indigenous relations specialist is different for everyone. Many have training in a related field, like forestry. In high school, study a wide range of subjects and focus on developing your communication skills.

College

Other training

Volunteering

*Not a complete list of resources.

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