Statement Taker, Legal Unit
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (the “National Inquiry”) is looking for experienced individuals for the position of Statement Taker, Legal Unit all across Canada.
The National Inquiry is entirely independent from the federal government and employees are appointed on a term basis. We are committed to having a highly skilled and well represented Indigenous workforce. We strongly encourage candidates to self-identify as belonging to Indigenous Peoples.
Reporting to the Lead Commission Counsel:
- The Primary Statement Taker plans, organizes and schedules meetings and interviews with Indigenous women and girls who are survivors of violence, families of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, and all others who wish to provide their evidence by way of a recorded statement which will be then submitted to the NIMMIWG, in accordance with the legal requirements, such as, but not limited to the specifications of the Commission’s mandate to collect information as evidence;
- The Primary Statement Taker must also conduct a subjective analysis of the facts provided by the witness’ statement, in light of the current Commission’s mandate;
- Researches and evaluates both subjective and objective criteria associated with new witness statements and makes a determination on the nature and validity of all testimonials that require subsequent review and assessment by the internal officers; and registers all valid testimonials the Commission’s automated statements tracking system;
- Applies and monitors the application of policies, procedures, guidelines and standards for the delivery of all aspects of the receipt and processing of witness statements under the current Agency legislation; works collaboratively with both family members and female survivors of violence within the indigenous community as well as internal Inquiry officers for the possible early processing of individual witness statements and developing solutions tailored to the specific requirements that are compatible with the overall National Inquiry mandate and associated policies;
- Performs witness statement interviews as well as carries out various administrative tasks that deal with completing the processing of documentation for the intake of witness statements as well as field notes, keyword listing, courier services, and scheduling;
- The incumbent is often required to answer various inquiries from internal staff of the National Inquiry , some of which require discussion and elaboration, especially for those general inquiries that require responses that deal with the mandate, objectives and the Commission’s approach in setting up the inquiry process, the subjective but informal, trauma-informed and as the agent of the Commission, demonstrates the need for the incumbent to respect the individuals being interviewed as well as their families and communities encountered;
- Operates office equipment to reproduce, collate and organize materials; send/receive facsimile messages; label maker and a personal computer; also operates recording equipment including recording software, video cameras, phone recording software and utilizes Microsoft Office products such as MS Word and other existing word processing software as well as Outlook Mail, Calendar features and specialized database software;
- Maintains records and inputs to systems for correspondence tracking, Bring Forward; sets up and maintains statement taking and transactional records; files and reports on all incidents as directed by the Lead Commission counsel or her delegate;; submits forms, field notes and related documentation in a prompt, accurate and timely manner as per statement taking policies;
- Provides to the fullest extent possible, outstanding service to all statement providers and continually exhibits a strong degree of cultural sensitivity, compassion and care in all duties performed by the Primary Statement Taker; and
- Provides various elements of project administration and support to Lead Commission Counsel and her delegates as required; project administration includes monitoring websites, preparing documentation into appropriate formats and maintaining the quality of necessary statement taking and processing.
- Fluency in oral and written English or French essential
- Fluency in oral and written Indigenous Language is an asset
- A combination of education and experience that demonstrate cultural sensitivity, relevant technical proficiency (particularly in audio and visual recording and related downloading, editing, storing, retrieval software), and trauma-informed interview skills.
- Experience in statement taking and interviewing process and procedure, logging, filing and case management and office procedures.
- Experience in working with individuals who have suffered psychological, physical and/or sexual violence.
- Experience in developing a collaborative approach that meets the complex supportive needs of individuals and families.
- Experience with trauma informed approaches and implementing into daily practice.
- Experience in visually and audio recording of persons in an interview context.
- Experience working within and promoting a productive team environment and a culture of respect, understanding and service delivery excellence.
- Experience in communicating, gathering information from and listening to people including those within diverse cultural, and language backgrounds, special needs who recount experiences of abuse, neglect, violence, loss, and betrayal, preferably within a forensic interviewing context.
- Para-legal or health clinical interview training and/or experience.
- Experience in field work, following policies and procedures that require stringent monitoring, recording, cataloguing, securing, organizing and retrieval of critical information and exhibits.
- Knowledge of current issues for Indigenous persons in Canada, and the principles around necessary protocols in entering their territories and buildings to conduct interviews.
- Knowledge of the widespread impact of trauma in Indigenous context and understand a path for healing.
- Acknowledge, respect and honour the diverse cultural, linguistic and spiritual traditions of Indigenous peoples.
- Knowledge of the principles of forensic interviewing and the cautions related to intimidation, re-traumatization a witness, and inappropriately leading a witness into a tainted statement.
- Knowledge of all basic technical matters relating to operating recording equipment and meticulously downloading and storing the recordings.
- Working from a place of Compassion and Resilience
- Concentration, listening, patience and proficient note taking skills
- Artistic creativity in forensic interviewing skills
- Organization with complex, ongoing input
- Demonstrating and upholding Integrity, Respect, and Trust
- Collaboration with team members and supervisors
- Achieve Results
- Indigenous cultural competency*
*refers to the ability to work effectively with Indigenous Peoples from different cultural backgrounds, or in settings where several cultures coexist. It includes the ability to understand the language, culture, and behaviours of other individuals and groups, and to make appropriate recommendations.
Conditions of Employment
- Willing and able to work overtime as required.
- Ability to travel throughout Canada as required.
- Secret security clearance required.
Intent of the Process:
- The results of this process will be used to staff several positions part-time or full-time.
Location of Employment
- Based on your area of residence, your work can be located and performed at one of our regional offices (Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Vancouver) or remotely by means of a telework arrangement if you do not live in one of these cities.
Rate of Pay
$58,281 to $62,794
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 the needs of Aboriginal people.
Interested candidates are invited to submit their cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 4, 2017. In the subject line, please indicate “Statement Taker”. Your cover letter should clearly demonstrate how you meet the language, education and experience requirements for this position.
We thank you for your interest in working for the National Inquiry. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.