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Indigenous Human Rights Program (IHRP) Coordinator

Odawa Native Friendship Centre

August 14, 2023


Indigenous Human Rights Program (IHRP) Coordinator 

Deadline for applications: Until filled

The Odawa Native Friendship Centre (ONFC) is a non‐profit organization serving the Indigenous community in the Ottawa‐Carleton Region of Eastern Ontario and surrounding communities.The Vision of ONFC is to ensure a thriving and resilient community. Odawa strives to enhance the quality of life of Indigenous People in the Capital region; to maintain a tradition of community, an ethic of self‐ help and development as well as to provide traditional teachings from our elders.This clinic is part of the Indigenous Human Rights Program, a partnership between Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) created to combat anti‐Indigenous racism and discrimination. Under the guidance of the Advisory Council, the program develops and operates free human rights legal clinics within Friendship Centres in Ontario.


The IRHP Coordinator goals are to assist urban Indigenous people to feel empowered to make decisions about their rights. The IHRP Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the free legal clinic and public legal education workshops.


  • Possess education and/or extensive work‐related experience in, the following fields: Indigenous Human Rights, Canadian Human Rights, Law, Criminology, Law and Justice, Law Enforcement, Social Work, Psychology, Community Services.

  • The candidate will have a minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated and related work experience with justice system.

  • Strong knowledge and awareness of Indigenous culture and history, with emphasis on Indigenous human rights, racism and discrimination, understanding the impacts of trauma, and community outreach; as well as, Indigenous justice.

  • Knowledge of Indigenous community justice concepts and Alternative Justice Programs and concepts.

  • Strong understanding of the Canadian laws and justice system; which includes familiarity of Legislation, Commissions, Inquiries and cases relevant to Indigenous human rights, justice issues and programs.

  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Outstanding analytical, problem‐solving and trouble‐shooting skills.

  • Satisfactory vulnerable sector check.


  •  Coordinating the clinic’s schedule with pro bono lawyers, law students, and the ONFC.

  • Overseeing the initial client intake, reviewing the conflict check process, disclosure document, andclosing client files.

  • Developing and maintaining a secure file management system.

  • Responding to volunteer lawyers and law students’ questions about the clinic’s policies andprocedures.

  • Supporting the volunteer lawyers and law students through direct communications with clients aboutthe clinic’s policies and procedures.

  • Provide check‐ins with the volunteer lawyers and law students regarding their status of their work inthe clinic.

  • Administering meaningful referrals to internal and external programs.

  • Establish relationships with local community service providers in support of increasing referral optionsfor clients encountering human rights violations.

  • Coordinate public legal education sessions addressing Indigenous human rights for the ONFCcommunity members and local stakeholders.

  • Responding to general inquiries about the IHRP clinic.


  • Flexibility and adaptability are necessary in our fast‐paced organization.

  • Working conditions are normal for an office environment.

  • Work regular business hours with some overtime when required.

  • Evening and weekend work when necessary.


To be determined based on experience and education.

If you are interested and meet the above criteria and are fully vaccinated, please send your: 1) Cover Letter and 2) Résumé, telling us why you think you’d be a great addition to the ONFC to:

Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) candidates will be given priority, please self‐identify.The Odawa Native Friendship Centre is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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