Staff Lawyer – Criminal / Child Protection

The PG Indigenous Justice Centre is looking for a Staff Lawyer – Criminal / Child Protection

We are hiring! The PG Indigenous Justice Centre (“PG-IJC”) is seeking a full-time staff lawyer who is passionate about using 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. Working with the PG-IJC is an opportunity to build effective alliances with Indigenous peoples and work with them to reverse the negative impacts of colonisation on their communities.

Remuneration:

$70K – $95K, depending on year of call

About Us:

The PG-IJC is a partnership between the BC First Nations Justice Council (“FNJC”) and the Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society (“PGUAJS”). The PG-IJC mandate comes from the BC Assembly First Nations, Union of BC Indian Chiefs and First Nations Summit, as well as from the leadership in those Indigenous communities we serve. We work with Indigenous communities and clients to identify their priorities and develop solutions to child protection and criminal law matters that affect them. It is our goal to ensure Indigenous peoples have a culturally safe space where they can access legal representation and advice, achieve early resolution of their legal matters and work together to divert their legal matters from the mainstream justice system to Indigenous systems of justice.

About You:

To be the successful candidate, 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 either a practicing member of the Law Society of BC or you are immediately eligible to become a practicing member of the Law Society of BC. While we recognize the value of diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, preference may be provided to Indigenous applicants in accordance with section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code.

About the Role:

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 systemic 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 PG-IJC team, you will work closely with Indigenous clients to help them access the legal, social, housing, transportation and health and wellness supports they need to address challenges in dealing with the mainstream child protection and justice systems. 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.

How to Apply:

Please provide us with a C.V. and cover letter setting out how you meet the requirements of the attached job description. Applications can be sent to sonya@bcfnjc.com with “Staff Counsel” in the subject line. While we are aiming to hire immediately, it is more important to us that we find the right person for this position so we will accept all applications until the position is filled.