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Come work for the newly established Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages (the Commission).

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Language - Indigenous and non-Indigenous - is at the heart of cultural identity; it shapes who we are and where we come from. When we speak our languages, we share stories, pass on knowledge, and create bonds for generations.

Through the Indigenous Languages Act, the Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages (the Commission) has been established to play a central role in supporting Indigenous peoples in their efforts to ensure their languages are reclaimed, revitalized, strengthened, and maintained so that they may grow and prosper now and for future generations.

The Commission's Governing Board is comprised of the Commissioner, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, and up to three Directors. The Commissioner and the Governing Board also serve as executives within the Commission's organizational structure.

We also have an operational team, led by our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, and supported by the management team, each of whom is responsible for separate portfolios. The Researcher will be part of the operational team.

We are a passionate group of professionals from a variety of disciplines, dedicated to the promotion, advocacy, and celebration of Indigenous languages. We offer an excellent work environment and competitive benefits and compensation packages.


Reporting to the Manager of Policy and Communications, you will lead in the development and implementation of proactive communications strategies, campaigns, and creative storytelling initiatives that uphold the vision and mandate of the Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages. In this role you create, edit, and share content that helps to promote Indigenous languages and supports the efforts of Indigenous peoples to reclaim, revitalize, strengthen, and maintain their languages. You are responsible for developing, planning, and delivering a variety of proactive communications products (e.g. key messages, media responses, publications, articles, videos, podcasts, web and social media content, and other content as needed) to a wide variety of audiences including mainstream media, and across the Commissions' digital platforms and channels. You support the implementation of communication and campaign strategies in collaboration with the Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages operations team and Senior Management, internal and external stakeholders, and the Commissioner and Directors.

The position is located at the Commission's headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, at 350 Albert St.


  • Demonstrate Indigenous leadership through work, community, or volunteer experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to develop a wide variety of communications materials.
  • Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills.
  • An engaging storyteller with audio and visual storytelling techniques that keep people captivated using photography, videography, and editing skills.
  • Stay ahead of the industry trends, social media tools, and best practices to continuously optimize social media presence.
  • Can synthesize technical and/or specialized subject matter content and collect related data and research.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects with tight deadlines.
  • High level of professionalism with the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to take direction and work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Detail-oriented and committed to providing high-quality products and delivering results.
  • Flexibility to work on weekends/evenings on short notice, with travel as required.


  • A minimum of 4 years of experience directly related to the position.
  • Experience in public/media relations, corporate communications, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Experience drafting and developing a wide variety of communications materials including news releases, speaking notes, presentations, reports, media responses, backgrounders, infographics, publications, and speeches.
  • Experience designing and managing creative and content creation workflows.
  • Experience using creative design software and other graphic tools across social media platforms.
  • Experience using social media management tools, search engine optimization and content management systems, graphic design software, and video editing (e.g. posts, stories, reels, videos, graphics, and contests and more for Facebook, X, Instagram, TikTok, Threads, LinkedIn or other emerging platforms).


Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, or successful completion of a secondary school diploma and acceptable combination of education, training, and experience. Applicants may come from a variety of educational backgrounds, including journalism, public relations, media, marketing, among others.


The salary range varies from $60,000 to $90,000/year including employee benefits and remuneration will depend upon education and experience.


The Commission offers a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental benefits and a pension plan; two weeks paid holidays to begin, plus additional paid days off through the year, including federal and provincial holidays as well as a wonderful, and supportive work environment.


Permanent, full-time.


The position is located at the Commission's headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. Preference will be given to those able to work from the Ottawa office, however, applicants wishing to work remotely may also apply.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Commission recognizes that our success requires us to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. This includes diversity in its widest context; one where all people, regardless of difference, are valued and respected.

Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants.


All persons who apply must possess legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, or work permit.

Please submit your covering letter (maximum 2 pages), and a recent copy of your C.V., to Ashley Keays, Manager of Policy and Communications  by February 16, 2024

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