General Counsel

Supervisor: Chief Operating Officer

Who We Are?

The First Nations Tax Commission (Commission) is a national Aboriginal institution established under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA).  The vision is to support and expand First Nation revenue streams in order to grow the economies on First Nation lands, thereby supporting healthy, vibrant and sustainable First Nation communities.  In furtherance of this vision, the Commission regulates, supports and advances First Nation taxation jurisdiction.

Job Overview

The General Counsel acts as in-house counsel and provides a full range of in-depth legal advisory services to the Commission, Executive and Secretariat areas, including expert advice on all legislation affecting the operations of the Commission, advice on changes to the law which may affect the work of the Commission, and legal opinions on problems and issues arising from specific matters under the Commission’s mandate.  General Counsel works with a legal team to meet the requirements of the position.


  • Provides expert legal advice and acts as In-House General Counsel to the Chief Commissioner and the Commission, and provides legal services to the Chief Operating Officer and staff on a wide variety of issues related to administrative law, to the mandate of the Commission and to the interpretation of all relevant legislation.
  • Provides legal advice to the Commission on matters of policy and legislation related to First Nation taxation under the FMA and under the Indian Act, and related to First Nation jurisdiction in the broader political and legal arena.
  • Keeps the Commission informed of all statute and case law developments of interest to the Commission including matters having implications for the Commission’s procedures and for the obligations of the Commission.
  • Provides senior level advice to the Chief Operating Officer on a full range of Commission responsibilities.
  • Works closely with the Law and Policy teams. Develops and recommends policy for approval by the Commission; and develops tools and methods for the review of First Nation laws submitted for Commission approval.
  • Acts as or instructs legal counsel for the Commission in Judicial Review proceedings, lawsuits and other legal forums in which the Commission has involvement.
  • Develops and reviews Commission standards, Commission procedures and First Nation Sample Laws.
  • Leads or contributes to the Commission’s special initiatives related to the goals of the FMA or the mandate of the Commission.
  • Maintains relationships and participates collaboratively with the FMA Institutions, and with Canada and/or with the Provinces and/or stakeholders with the aim to improve the tools of the FMA and enhance the jurisdiction of First Nations.

Job Requirements

  • Membership in good standing with a Law Society in Canada
  • At least seven years of senior level experience. Experience includes:
    • Legal services
    • Policy development, project management, legal drafting, negotiations, dispute resolution, or equivalent experience
    • Dealing with sensitive issues in a fair and objective manner
    • Writing reports and briefing notes for senior executive.
  • Demonstrated evidence of the following skills:
  • Diplomacy and tact
  • Superior analytical ability; strategic thinking
  • Leading a team; strong communication skills.
  • Preference may be given for one or both of the following:
    • Experience advising a statutory tribunal or legislative drafting
  • Experience in Aboriginal Law

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and a detailed cover letter outlining your fit for and interest in this role in confidence to

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.