Senior Researcher

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Research Team has a position available for one (1) experienced, full-time Senior Researcher.

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is an independent Commission that is separate from the federal government. Employees are appointed on a term basis. We are committed to hiring qualified Indigenous staff and encourage candidates to self-identify accordingly.



  • Conducts research on topics related to the National Inquiry’s research projects and activities;
  • Reviews and analyzes hearing transcripts, expert reports and other materials submitted to the National Inquiry to identify relevant information on key themes and issues for the National Inquiry’s reports;
  • Prepares draft report and chapter outlines for the National Inquiry’s reports;
  • Drafts and revises text for various chapters and sections of the National Inquiry’s reports;
  • Assists with preparations and participates in or observes expert panels for report-writing purposes;
  • Assists with identifying and completing report-writing and production tasks and timelines;
  • Establishes and maintains contact with network of scholars and researchers working on issues related to the National Inquiry’s work.



Language requirements

  • Fluency in oral and written English or French is essential
  • Fluency in oral and written in a second language (English, French or Indigenous language) is an asset


  • University masters or doctoral degree in Indigenous studies, law, social sciences, or humanities, or an equivalent combination of education and experience


  • Established record of unpublished and/or published research reports, papers, articles and/or monographs
  • Reviewing and revising draft manuscripts of reports or monographs
  • Research, writing and production of commission of public inquiry and/or tribunal report(s) an asset


  • Knowledge of Indigenous and social sciences research methodologies and ethics
  • Subject area expertise relevant to the National Inquiry’s mandate and work
  • Knowledge of issues pertaining to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls an asset
  • Knowledge of Commissions of Public Inquiry and/or tribunals an asset

Abilities and skills 

  • Superior writing skills with ability to adapt technical language into plain language text
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, manage, and complete multiple projects and tasks to meet tight timelines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment, including remotely and electronically
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing


  • Judgement 
  • Thoroughness
  • Initiative
  • Reliability
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Team player

Conditions of employment

  • Willing and available to work overtime, as needed
  • Able to handle periods of intensive and high-pressure activity
  • “Secret” security clearance

Location of employment

  • Winnipeg (or other location)

Rate of pay

  • $113,016

Start date

  • October 1, 2017 (or as otherwise agreed upon) – subject to successful completion of security clearance


As per the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls seeks to promote the employment of Indigenous Peoples as its primary purpose is to serve their needs.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their cover letter and resume/CV to by August 11, 2017. In the subject line, please indicate “Senior Researcher”.  Your cover letter should clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of this position.

We thank you for your interest in working for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. We expect to conduct interviews in late August or early September.  Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.