Are you an experienced researcher with a legal background and knowledge of issues that affect Metis, First Nations and Inuit peoples? Are you passionate about topics related to how Indigenous laws, Aboriginal rights and treaty law impacts the health of Metis, First Nations, and Inuit people? If so, consider joining the Senate in Senator Boyer’s office as a Parliamentary Research Assistant!
Working closely with the Senator and her team, the Parliamentary Research Assistant is responsible for conducting legislative research, drafting speeches, analyzing data, summarizing results and presenting comprehensive reports. The successful incumbent will use their legal expertise to collaborate with the Senator and her team to tackle critical issues impacting Canadians.
• Bachelor’s degree in Law or in a related field;
• Experience working with indigenous organizations, governments, and/or communities, with a cultural understanding of issues pertinent to indigenous peoples;
• Experience in legislative and/or legal research and policy review;
• Experience gathering, analyzing and presenting results on research;
• Ability to coordinate and manage competing priorities under tight deadlines;
• Ability and willingness to travel across Canada with the team to foster relationships with indigenous groups;
• Experience working on Parliament Hill is considered an asset;
• Preference may be given to indigenous applicants.
In the Senate Chamber, Canada’s 105 senators take part in formal debate on current affairs. Here, Senators’ main job is to examine bills proposed by the Government. A bill must pass the Senate before it can become law and any senator may take part in the debate on a bill and propose amendments. In addition, senators may propose their own bills and initiate debates in the Chamber. Senators also work in committees, groups of 5 to 15 senators who focus on a specific policy area. These committees closely study bills sent to them by the Senate, calling witnesses to help them understand the legislation and its potential impact. Committees also conduct longer-term studies on topics in their area of interest.
The Senate is responsible for protecting the rights and interests of Canadians in all regions, especially minority groups or people who do not often get a chance to present their opinions to Parliament.