The Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines has an immediate opening for one counsel to support the Branch in the Aboriginal law area. This challenging position in a small but growing collegial Legal Branch will be critical in assisting the Ministry in implementing its consultation obligations particularly in the mining context.What can I expect to do in this role?Duties Will Include: As an experienced counsel this will involve work in the area of aboriginal law that is demanding and quickly evolving; providing written and oral legal advice to clients on Aboriginal and treaty rights, strength of assertions and the requirements for consultation; providing legal support for issues management, communication products and for the development of Ministry policies and operational approaches on Aboriginal and related constitutional matters; participating directly in consultation and negotiation sessions with communities, mining companies and their respective counsel; providing litigation support; supporting government-wide aboriginal initiatives; drafting documents; performing research; briefing senior management; participating in policy development and committee work and taking on special projects as needed. Some travel throughout Ontario required.How do I qualify?MandatoryMembership in the Law Society of Upper CanadaKnowledge & SkillsExtensive experience in aboriginal, constitutional and public law; demonstrated experience in negotiating with Aboriginal communities and resource industries; proven ability to work under pressure within tight timeframes; proven ability to work effectively in a team; demonstrated strong judgment; highly developed policy and political acuity; strong analytical and communications skills; proven ability to conduct legal research, provide cogent legal advice, draft legal opinions, agreements and other legal documents; well-developed interpersonal skills; strong leadership skills and proven ability to work independently and develop effective working relationships with Ministry officials and to work effectively with senior counsel; knowledge of mining and resource law; travel throughout Ontario required.
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