The BC First Nations Justice Council supports the well-being of future generations by transforming the status quo today – upholding self-determination, reclaiming legal traditions and addressing systemic injustice.
The Indigenous Justice Centre (IJC) in Prince Rupert offers legal services to Indigenous people in the community who otherwise cannot access it. They may not be eligible for Legal Aid for a variety of reasons or need legal advice on matters not covered by Legal Aid.
The Prince Rupert IJC can also assist with reintegration services for people coming back into community from correctional institutions.
The staff lawyer of the Prince Rupert (IJC) will use their legal skills to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous children and youth in care and reduce the number of Indigenous peoples who are systemically and unnecessarily incarcerated. The staff lawyer’s practice will have a strong focus on criminal defence work with some child protection matters.
You will work as legal counsel on a team that strives to ensure Indigenous peoples, who face the child protection and criminal law systems, do not fall through the cracks that exist within those systems. You will provide direct legal representation to Indigenous persons who have active child protection and criminal law matters. As part of the PR-IJC team, you will work closely with the support staff to help Indigenous clients access the legal, social, housing, transportation and health and wellness supports they need. You will also work closely with Indigenous communities to support their members who are before the courts and design services that divert people to specialized and Indigenous justice models
As the staff lawyer, you will be familiar with the history of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, as well as the specific state of child welfare and criminal justice matters relating to Indigenous peoples. You have significant knowledge and experience in child protection and/or criminal law matters, and you are a member in good standing of the Law Society of BC.
Job Type: Full-time, permanent
Full-Time Hours: 35 hours / week
Salary Range: $80,000 – $95,000
Benefits: This position is eligible to participate in our group benefits plan.
Work Location: Prince Rupert, BC
Application Deadline: Until a suitable candidate is found
Full job description here.
While we recognize the value of diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, preference will be provided to Indigenous applicants in accordance with section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code. Candidates of Indigenous background are encouraged to self-identify on their application. Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to [email protected].