Specific Claims Researcher - Union of BC Indian Chiefs

VANCOUVER OFFICE - Deadline Monday January 8, 2007

UBCIC Research has an opening for a full-time experienced Specific Claims Researcher. Reporting directly to the Senior Researcher and Research Director this position will focus on archival research, document analysis and the production of detailed historical reports related to specific claims. The successful candidate will also assist in UBCIC Research initiatives involving education, support and outreach to the BC Aboriginal research community. Duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Identifying and copying of potentially relevant documents and maps from public and private archives, government offices and university libraries
  • Analyzing documents
  • Assisting in the preparation and submission of written research reports and memoranda
  • Summarizing documentation and setting out research findings
  • Undertaking other research and administrative tasks as may be required
  • Providing advice and reference services to community-based researchers
  • Assisting with workshops, conferences, lectures and publications.
  • Maintaining and updating department database
  • Providing orientations to the UBCIC Resource Centre for visiting community-based researchers


  • Strong comprehension of specific claims research policy a must
  • Strong understanding of reserve creation history in BC a must
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant fields or equivalent experience
  • Excellent analytical skills and previous archival research experience
  • Superior writing and editing skills
  • Proficient computer skills including internet skills
  • Practical experience with specific claims research procedures is an asset
  • Strong knowledge of the vision and goals of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs

Salary range is $32,000 to $36,000 per annum, depending upon experience. Please send a cover letter, resume, references and samples of writing to the attention of the Research Director. We thank all candidates for their interest and regret that only those candidates who are short listed for interviews will be contacted. Closing date for applications is Monday, January 8, 2007.

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. However, qualified Aboriginal applicants will be given priority.

5th Floor, 342 Water Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B IB6
Fax: (604) 684-5726
Email: research@ubcic.bc.ca