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This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.
This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.
Reporting to the Director of the Legislation Division, the Legislative Counsel (Counsel) supports and assists departments during the Legislative process. Additionally, the Counsel advices and provides legislative drafting services to the Government of Nunavut departments, the Legislative Assembly and its Members. The Bills and Regulations the Legislative Counsel drafts will become law therefore will have a significant effect on members of the public and on the Government. The incumbent will also give legal advice and opinions with respect to drafting, the legislative and regulatory processes, Parliamentary procedures, and the interpretation of legislation. The position is a part of a team which includes other Legislative Counsel, French and Inuktitut legal translators, and Nunavut Official Editor in the Legislation Division. The Counsel works with senior officials up to and including Deputy Ministers and Ministers and drafts statutory appointments and gives sound legal advice with respect to such appointments.
Nunavut is an exciting jurisdiction in which to practice law. It is the homeland of Inuit, and its governance, law and culture reflect that fact. It is a unique legal jurisdiction, a Territory created pursuant to the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Of the Provinces and Territories, Nunavut is the only one with a majority Aboriginal population, and the only one in which both French and English are minority languages. In Nunavut, many issues arise which have simply not arisen before in Canada, and which require creativity and a solution-orientated approach.
The successful candidate must be legally authorized to practice law in Nunavut. Therefore an applicant must have a Common Law degree from a recognized Canadian university or a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation; and either be a regular member of the Law Society of Nunavut or have the qualifications necessary to become a regular member within a reasonable time. The Legislative Counsel must be able to draft legislation, which is normally acquired by having worked as a legislative drafter or by the completion of a program in legislative drafting, or both; however, it is possible to acquire the ability to draft legislation through other combinations of education and experience, such as substantial experience in statutory interpretation, drafting other complex legal instruments or providing drafting instructions. The Legislative Counsel must have excellent written and oral English language skills along with an ability to work as a supportive member of a team in a cross-cultural working environment. The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent judgment, as well as good interpersonal skills. The capacity to communicate in Inuktitut would be an asset. It will allow the incumbent to explain legal issues to multi-lingual Ministers and Government officials.
Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.
Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official languages is an asset and this position may be eligible for a Bilingual Bonus.
An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.