Employment Opportunity: Senior Researcher

June 1, 2022


SCO is a growing and dynamic regional Indigenous organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 81,000 citizens in southern Manitoba. SCO was established 23 years ago by the Chiefs as an independent organization to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

SCO is developing a regional traditional governance model, as it works to restore original citizenship, language, laws, institutions, ceremonies, protocols, and procedures of governance and repair more than 150 years of colonization to fully restore the Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations.

The model developed, respects the autonomy of the 34 First Nations that comprise SCO and involves defining how individual First Nation decisions and processes intersect with regional decisions and processes. This complex process of aggregation requires a multi-year phased approach and comprehensive community planning to create a shared future vision. 

SCO will:

  • Support Anishnaabe and Dakota nationhood and build unity.
  • Assist SCO in strengthening Anishnaabe and Dakota Nations to take on greater sectoral responsibilities, and ultimately self-determination and self-governance.
  • Identify agreement among SCO members on strategic Nation-level priorities for action and approaches to issues.
  • Enhance SCO’s ability to provide input on legislation, policies, and programs so that they are more reflective of Anishnaabe and Dakota perspectives.
  • Increase capacity for SCO to address and resolve issues at a nation-to-nation level. 

SCO provides competitive compensation and an excellent pension and benefits, as well as a positive work environment.


Reporting to and supporting the Director of Nation Rebuilding of the Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO), the incumbent is responsible to conduct research to inform leadership for decision making processes. Research projects may include to conduct interviews, monitor data, analyze information, and prepare reports and plans on economic, environmental, and social matters. It is expected to honour and respect the Indigenous culture and values, and to follow OCAP research principles. Research may require interacting with community members and manage confidential and non-confidential information related to human rights and other areas identified through the overall project.  

  • Collaborate with Nation Rebuilding Team to coordinate respective research responsibilities and support the overall project goal.
  • Conduct research and analyze on priority areas identified through the Nation Rebuilding Project.
  • Provide research information and analysis to the development of the Strategic Plan.
  • Work as a team with the Nation Rebuilding Director and Staff.
  • Attend and participate in the various SCO meetings and workshops as required.
  • Develop reports, briefings, presentations, and other communication materials.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor or Master of Arts, Science degree, or an Indigenous focused discipline.
  • Knowledge of Dakota and Anishinaabe worldview, culture, history, and current issues.
  • Extensive experience in research with and for Indigenous peoples including Indigenous research ethics and decolonizing methodologies and methods.
  • Knowledge of western research methodology and methods such as archival research and systemic reviews.
  • Must have strong analytical skills, to prepare reports and briefings.
  • Must be attentive to detail with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written/oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work at an intermediate level in MS Office, including MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and the Internet.
  • Must be a team player, challenged by working in an environment of change and a believer in excellence.


  • Must provide current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
  • Must have a valid Manitoba Driver’s License and reliable vehicle as travel will be required.
  • All successful candidates must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday, June 17, 2022, at 4:30 PM CST

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three work related references to:

Human Resources
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
1572 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0L4
Fax: (204) 946-1869 | hr@scoinc.mb.ca

*Please note resumes without a cover letter will not be considered complete*

Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates

Please self-identify as First Nations in your cover letter

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected will be contacted for further consideration.