We need Indigenous Relations Superintendents to build great relationships with Indigenous communities to effect positive change within mining operations. They establish and maintain positive and respectful relationships with Indigenous communities, their elected officials and their governing bodies. This work directly improves the development and execution of Indigenous Relations strategies in support of enterprise objectives.

What is it like to work as an Indigenous Relations Superintendent in the mining sector?

Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.

Indigenous Relations Superintendents travel to First Nations, Inuit or Métis communities that will feel the impacts of mining operations. They use a high level of integrity and a large set of communication skills to collaborate and partner with these local Indigenous communities, as well as liaise with their leadership team on the issues, priorities and contexts of local Indigenous peoples.

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Indigenous Relations Superintendents are at the heart of the industry-wide effort to develop and maintain strong relationships between the sector and the Indigenous communities and peoples on whose traditional lands they operate. They are responsible for implementing engagement, training, employment and social investment processes. They are attracted by the desire to drive mutual benefits for Indigenous communities and mines.

Job Description

  • Develop and implement community relations strategies and initiatives to interact with various Indigenous communities, groups and individuals with respect to cultural sensitivities
  • Remain up to date with trends and developments of Indigenous peoples engagement by developing an understanding of their needs and priorities
  • Develop strategies and successfully implement policies and programs that support Indigenous peoples as neighbours, community members, employees and stakeholders
  • Travel to Indigenous communities to establish, build and maintain relationships with Indigenous community leadership and to share information with community members
  • Work closely with various mine departments, so managers and employees understand and implement policies that are relevant to Indigenous peoples and communities
  • Develop strong relationships with Indigenous communities and key non-Indigenous stakeholders
  • Communicate project updates and offer information in various community and stakeholder forums
  • Promote a cooperative working relationship between employer and Indigenous communities
  • Provide proactive solutions to human resource teams to support acquiring and retaining talent
  • Identify, track and monitor issues, concerns and interests that have been identified by Indigenous communities
  • Implement and track commitments and agreements with Indigenous communities and organizations
  • Provide support during the negotiation and implementation of all aspects of current or upcoming Impact Benefits Agreements (IBAs)
  • Support negotiation, lead implementation and track the commitments of IBAs with Indigenous communities




(Source: online job ads in Canada, 2021)

Job Prospect

Opportunities in Mining

Limited Great

Skill Transferability Among Other Industries

Low High

Success Profile

  • Superior communication skills with the ability to listen and communicate with care and discretion
  • Ability to build trust and foster relationships with various stakeholder groups
  • Highly skilled in conflict resolution
  • Develops innovative solutions in a high-pressure, fast-paced, changing environment
  • Makes difficult choices and effectively communicates their results
  • Identifies issues and priorities, and solves complex, multifaceted problems with a positive attitude
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism with sensitive and confidential issues
  • Comfortable writing and speaking for a public audience
  • Organized and a critical thinker
  • Strong computer and risk management skills
  • Works well under pressure
  • Understands and respects legislation, regulations and procedures concerning, safety, employment and environmental protection
  • Thoughtful and cooperative team player
  • Maintains positive working relations with trade unions and Indigenous communities

Job Entry Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career and does not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees.


  • Post-secondary diploma in Indigenous studies or degree in arts in community development, humanities or a related field
  • Knowledge of Indigenous history and culture, protocols and governance
  • Post-secondary diploma or degree within a relevant area of study
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, email, scheduling and presentation software
  • Must be able to pass a medical test
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Willingness to work in a diverse environment
  • Proficiency in language of operation


  • Five to 10 years of experience in Indigenous and/or community relations


  • Willingness to relocate
  • Valid driver’s licence
  • Travel to remote locations
  • Other languages


  • Lived experience as an Indigenous person
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous language
  • Knowledge of Indigenous community relations policies, procedures and initiatives
  • Knowledge of climate and legal issues affecting Indigenous peoples and communities
Scroll to top