Senior Advisor – Indigenous Lands Relations

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Senior Advisor – Indigenous Lands Relations

Job Information
Author vkommestelus
Date July 25, 2022
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company TELUS Communications
Salary $92,000 - Annual
Location AB or BC
Category Communications
Contact Information
[email protected]

Are you ready to utilize your negotiation and creative problem solving skills to negotiate land, access and relationship agreements with Indigenous governments in British Columbia and Alberta?
Our team develops and executes on TELUS’ corporate Reconciliation commitments and action plan in collaboration with business units across TELUS. Part of the Customer Network Implementation team, our team delivers on a world-class customer experience by expanding our fibre-optic infrastructure directly to homes and businesses to Indigenous communities across British Columbia and Alberta. This portfolio is on the cutting edge of innovation in the telecommunications space where TELUS is actively engaged with Indigenous communities to identify opportunities to expand broadband technology and services to areas otherwise unreachable. This is a fast-growing portfolio and one of the most strategic programs at TELUS.

Here’s the impact you’ll make and what we’ll accomplish together

With a passion for supporting Reconciliation, you will be responsible for negotiating land, access and relationship agreements with Indigenous governments and organizations in a meaningful and respectful manner while ensuring TELUS’s infrastructure is built in adherence to applicable regulatory and legal frameworks. In your role you will contribute directly to the enablement of our advanced wireline and wireless connectivity to Indigenous communities and play a key role in the development of positive reciprocal relationships with Indigenous communities and leaders in alignment with TELUS’ Reconciliation commitments and in support of our customers first brand promise.

Here’s how

  • Lead the negotiation of land, access and relationship agreements with Indigenous governments and leaders in British Columbia and Alberta, while supporting the  development and maintenance of open, honest and respectful long-term relationships
  • Collaborate with external partners including Indigenous governments, BC Hydro and Indigenous Services Canada to fulfill TELUS’ legal and regulatory requirements in a manner that supports a predictable and positive experience internally and externally
  • Development and ownership of TELUS’ archaeological protocols and permitting processes
  • Partner with cross functional TELUS teams to support development and implementation of connectivity, including coordinating with external vendors, network planning, engineering and construction teams and ensure adherence to Indigenous, federal and provincial legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Undertake detailed research in relation to Indigenous Nations, assess the potential impact of proposed TELUS projects on Indigenous lands, and provide advice and support to internal TELUS teams and external partners
  • Known for your curious mind, creativity and problem solving, you’ll continually challenge the status quo by innovating new approaches to how TELUS can collaborate with indigenous governments
  • Balance numerous priorities while adapting and anticipating changes
  • Create project plans and apply project management methodology to programs and initiatives, including leveraging systems and tools (e.g. Google, JIRA, survey tools, data analysis tools) to support build execution

You’re the missing piece of the puzzle if you have

  •  Demonstrated negotiation skills with a bias towards creative, collaborative and innovative solutions
  • Confident with contractual language, ideally in the context of land tenures
  • Understanding of  land management regimes in British Columbia and Alberta as it relates to Indigenous Lands (modern treaty, reserve, self-government)
  • Knowledge of archaeology and experience working with community protocols and permitting processes related to archaeological and cultural heritage values
  • Strong program management skills with a proven track record for managing and prioritizing multiple concurrent projects and consistently delivering results and effectively meeting program milestones
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the unique history, cultures and rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and demonstrated history of building successful collaborative relationships and experience developing and/or implementing projects with Indigenous communities
  • Confidence in working with all levels of an organization, you are persuasive, attentive and have an ability to provide insight and make recommendations based on your analysis
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, with experience reporting to executive and external audiences
  • A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent education and/or experience


  • 5+ years of experience engaging with Indigenous communities and an established network of contacts in British Columbia or Alberta
  • Understanding of TELUS products & services
  • An understanding of telecommunications network infrastructure, deployment and operations
  • Proficiency with Google Suite (Slides, Docs, Drive, Hangouts etc.)

Who is TELUS?

You are part of a high-performing team of individuals who collectively make TELUS one of the leading telecommunications companies in Canada. Your passion for demonstrating our values and delivering on our Customers First commitments helps to drive our success, ultimately making a difference for our customers, our shareholders, our communities and our team.

Thinking of taking your career at TELUS in a different direction? Then apply online today. This just might be the right move for you.

At TELUS, you create future friendly® possibilities.

At TELUS, we are committed to diversity and equitable access to employment opportunities based on ability.

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