Request for Proposals: Chief Negotiator

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Issued by:
Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nations (AOPFN)

1657A Mishomis Inamo, Pikwakanagan, ON K0J 1X0

Issue date: June 8, 2020

Proposal Delivery Deadline Date: June 25, 2020,  5:00 pm EST

Proposal Delivery Location:

Direct inquiries to: Dan Kohoko, Councillor, 613- 633 -7635 (verbal)

The Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nations (AOPFN) is seeking to hire a Chief Negotiator responsible for leading the Self-Government negotiations on behalf of the AOPFN to reach an Agreement on Self-Government. Negotiations will lead to the completion of, Final Self-Government Agreement between AOPFN and the Provincial and Federal Governments, while remaining consistent with AOPFN mandates, policies, and vision. The Chief Negotiator will also ensure the protection of AOPFN Aboriginal rights and title on a contractual basis to support the coordination seeking out grants, funding, etc. from various organization and foundations.

Negotiations will be for a comprehensive Self-Government agreement.  Council determines the priority order of items provided government negotiators are in agreement.

The AOPFN has secured funding for this multi-year project in line with similar industry and work at competitive rates.


The overall objective of this work is to represent the AOPFN as the chief spokesperson and lead the progressive and timely delivery of a Final Agreement on Self-Government by successfully achieving the desired and/or best outcomes in accordance with the mandate provided by the Chief and Council.

AOPFN is seeking a reputable, dynamic, confident and highly skilled negotiator with a proven track record of success in complex and multi-dimensional negotiations with federal and provincial governments. The individual will have in-depth experience managing budgets and in a fiscally responsible manner and can demonstrate exceptional leadership skills both as a Team leader and a Chief Negotiator. This opportunity is ideal for an individual with 5 to 7 years of senior level experience developing professional relationships with other First Nations, provincial and federal government departments, and other groups; negotiating and coordinating like programs; understanding of the Ontario/Federal Self-Governance process and familiar with all levels of government operations within Canada, preferably within an already established network.


The work will include the following components:

A: Negotiation:

  • Prepares for and leads negotiations towards a comprehensive/sectoral self-government agreement with Canada and Ontario, under the general direction of the AOPFN Chief and Council and with technical assistance from AOPFN Self-Government Negotiation Team members;
  • The negotiator will begin with the priorities for the jurisdiction as follows: a) financing the Pikwakanagan government; b) Algonquin membership and citizenship and; c) natural resources use within the traditional territory;
  • Keeps the negotiations focused, while considering various political and economic agendas of all negotiators;
  • Provides leadership in discussions and negotiations for interim land related measures, emerging from the separate treaty negotiations and oversees the implementation of these measures to meet AOPFN Communities’ strategic direction;
  • Provides leadership in strategic planning for yearly and longer-term negotiating work plans, report to and takes direction from Chief and Council on a regular basis;
  • Leads efforts to coordinate and formalize the participation of the AOPFN with other First Nations, governments and industry on project specific or multi-sectoral negotiation tables as required;
  • Negotiates all language and ensures legal reviews are conducted.


B: Political, Community and Public Relations:

  • Attends bi – monthly meetings of the AOPFN Chief and Council, ensures action items are updated and completed;
  • Obtains and reviews mandates within AOPFN and ensures that negotiation mandates are approved by the Chief and Council;
  • Ensures proper reporting to the AOPFN Chief and Council;
  • Attends community consultation meetings with the Chief and Council as invited or required;
  • Works to develop an understanding of industry stakeholder and other First Nation priorities around Title and Rights;
  • Works with the AOPFN Self-Government Negotiation Team and AOPFN Council to plan and carry out information and consultation activities in the communities;
  • Reports to AOPFN citizens together with Chief and Council on the progress of comprehensive self-government negotiations and related issues;
  • Provides official comments on AOPFN Self-Government process for press releases and speaks at public events;
  • Supports the design and implementation of Final Agreement Self-Government vote;
  • Reaches mutual understanding and integration of AOPFN Title and Rights, within the Algonquin traditional territory;


C: Report Writing and Research:

  • Reviews available agreements, documents, position papers, submissions, discussion papers, negotiation positions and briefing documents to prepare in-depth analyses;
  • Provides monthly updates, progress reports, briefing notes and strategic advice on Self-Government issues;
  • Provides technical assistance in preparing documents;
  • Meets with Chief and Council on a regularly scheduled basis to discuss, inform and seek input into Self-Government Negotiations;
  • Provides written positions and interests that are well researched, defensible and reflective of AOPFN mandates;

Work to begin by no later than August 1, 2020, and completed by March 31, 2023.  A preliminary Work Plan and Schedule for 2020/2021 is available for discussion.

Proposals will be accepted only in the form of electronic files. The following documents should be attached to the submission:

  1. Project Overview: This section will include approach to the scope and complexities of the work, foreseeable challenges and how to deal with them, a timeline for activities, management approach and leadership style and practices, team approach, work statement and schedule. It will be helpful to AOPFN Chief and Council for the applicants to provide some detail outlining their approach at the negotiating table to negotiating the three priorities identified above.
  2. Capabilities and Experience: This section will include credentials, highlight relevant past and current experience, skills, competencies and capacity, notable achievements and examples of successful delivery of mandate, desired results and/or best outcomes; examples of recent relevant work and references.
  1. Budget/Costs: A detailed cost breakdown inclusive of projected hours, hourly rate, resources, travel, accommodations, meals and materials should be available for a follow up discussion.