Lands & Governance Manager

Closing Date: October 2, 2022 11:59 pm
Type: Salary
Pay: To be negotiated.

Position Title:  Lands & Governance Manager- Full-Time Permanent 

Position Description:  

Fort William First Nation is registered under the First Nations Land Management Act and must establish a land management regime in accordance with the Framework Agreement to include the adoption of a land code applicable to all lands on reserve of the First Nation. The Lands & Governance Manager, under the general direction of the Director of Lands and Property, shall oversee the management of all Band Membership and associated legislation, Community Comprehensive Planning to ensure a holistic process that enables a community to build a roadmap to sustainability, self-sufficiency and improved governance capacity is developed and sustained. The Lands & Governance Manager shall oversee the formal Governance structure through which the community may control the administration of their people, land, resources and related programs and policies, through agreements with federal and provincial governments.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Continue with the development, for approval and integration of the Fort William First Nation Land Code, related laws, policies and procedures to regulate land use and to obtain the highest benefit of land use for FWFN
  • Ensure administrative measures and controls are developed to meet the requirements of Fort William First Nation and clients by monitoring and evaluating the efficiency of services
  • Develop and review land interest agreements, rights-of-way’s and permits, notify interest holders of potential expiration and changes, and ensure terms of interest agreements are met
  • Ensure that historical and current land record information are gathered and maintained into various systems database
  • Provide statistical reports on land use activities
  • Ensure registration of interests in the Indian Land Registry
  • Deliver presentations to senior management, colleagues, clients/stakeholders, First Nation members and Chief & Council on strategic issues
  • Act as the lead individual in the development of the Community Land Use plan, Matrimonial Real Property Law, Environmental Assessment and Protection Law, and all other laws, and policies related to lands, waters, natural resource use, etc.
  • Fort William First Nation land and resource-related consultations and voting processes in accordance with the Land Code, Designations, and General Elections 
  • Assist and provide technical assistance to other Fort William First Nation committees
  • Ensure the efficiency of implementation of data collection processed for membership information and programs for planning and/or reporting purposes
  • Ensure that services are delivered for the administration of membership programs including, but not limited to: updating Band Membership List; accepting applications for status cards, interviewing applicants, reviewing claims to Indian status and band membership and verifying status in accordance with established procedures, guidelines and applicable legislative and professional standards
  • Prepare budgets for inclusion into the departmental budget
  • Ensure communication with lessees and FWFN on land and land use issues, and with trustees, executors, and solicitors on land disposition
  • Assist and provide information to Chief & Council on land and land use issues
  • Approve all documentation as to form under the Land Code prior to registration
  • Monitor compliance with contractual terms, including construction, environmental requirements, rent collection, default and cancellation of commercial leases
  • Facilitate rent reviews for leases and permits First Nation lands
  • Research, verify and compile land status reports on reserve lands for distribution to Natural Resources Canada, land surveyors, membership, clients and interested parties in order for them to determine land tenure, accessibility and feasibility of a land transaction
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, the Lands Committee, and agencies
  • Supervise Membership and CCP staff, identify training and developmental needs, and ensure health and safety of the work area
  • Maintain an effective records management system for maps, restrictions documents, etc.
  • Prepare agreements in accordance with ISC regulations relative to fees and approvals
  • Participate in training programs and/or on-the-job-training, as directed by the Director of Lands and Property
  • Attract commercial leasing tenants and negotiates and prepares all lease agreements for FWFN commercial operations
  • Ensure all instruments executed on behalf of the Crown are adhered to
  • Develop a Land Use Code, and Community Environmental Sustainability Plan with delegated authority and to ensure the delegated authority be exercised in accordance with ISC and FWFN policy
  • Oversee operation and maintenance of the FWFN cemetery
  • Develop and maintain a property ownership registry
  • Prepare funding agency reports including capital building reports
  • Perform other related duties as may be assigned by the Director of Lands & Property


  • Degree or Diploma in one or more of the following: First Nation Lands Management, Indigenous Resource Management or Environmental Studies or an equivalent combination of education and work experience with previous experience in Lands Management/Governance or related field.
  • Minimum three (3) years of supervisory/management experience.
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Computer efficiency in Microsoft word, excel with experience in an accounting program such as Quicken or equivalent. 
  • Demonstrated integrity on a personal as well as professional level
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good negotiating skills and the ability to solve problems involving personnel, finances, emergency situations etc. and attentive to details.
  • Understanding of First Nation Traditions/heritage/cultural is a definite asset.

Conditions of Employment:  Use of a personal Vehicle and must be able to travel.

Salary and Term:  To be negotiated.

Closing Date:  Applications, consisting of a cover letter and resume with three (3) references, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 2, 2022. 

Please direct your application to the attention of:

Donna Mullen, HR Assistant
Ph: 807-623-9543 ext. 806, Fax: 807-623-5190
Email: [email protected]

When hand delivering; ensure that your application is date stamped and a copy provided to you.

We appreciate all applications.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.