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Request for Proposal (RFP): Advice at the nexus of Policy and Law

Policy Advancement – Ottawa, Ontario
Department Policy Advancement
Employment Type Contractor


Submission Deadline: November 13, 2019.  


I. Organizational Background

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is the national representational organization for Canada’s 65,000 Inuit, the majority of whom live in four regions, including the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Québec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador). Collectively, these four regions make up Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland in Canada. Inuit Nunangat includes 51 communities and encompasses roughly 35 percent of Canada’s landmass and 50 percent of its coastline. Consistent with its founding purpose, ITK represents the rights and interests of Inuit at the national level through a democratic governance structure that represents all Inuit regions.

The comprehensive land claim agreements that have been settled in Inuit Nunangat form a core component of ITK’s mandate. These land claims have the status of protected treaties under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, and ITK remains committed to working in partnership with the Crown towards their full implementation. ITK advocates for policies, programs and services to address the cultural, political and environmental issues facing our people.

ITK is governed by a Board of Directors that is composed of the following members:

  • Chair and CEO, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC)
  • President, Makivik Corporation
  • President, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI)
  • President, Nunatsiavut Government

In addition to voting members, the following non-voting Permanent Participant Representatives also sit on the Board of Directors:

  • President, Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada
  • President, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
  • President, National Inuit Youth Council

III. Scope of Work and Requirements – Nexus of Policy and Law

ITK is seeking an experienced consultant or consultants to provide advice and guidance at the nexus of policy and law on a number of topics for two years, beginning in Fall 2019.

The proposal must demonstrate the level of expertise to provide substantive legal and policy advice on the following topics:

  1. The Inuit Child First Initiative:  Defining parameters and process for the Inuit Child First Initiative, as well as putting forward options for a long-term Inuit-equivalent to Jordan’s Principle
  2. Inuit Nunangat University:  Establishing a Foundation, Endowment fund and exploring Incorporation
  3. Inuit Post-Secondary Education:  Establishing an interim National Coordination Secretariat for the Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy
  4. Federal Child Welfare Legislation:  Implementing Bill C-92

IV. Summary of Request for Proposals

We will assess the proposals based on the following criteria (please include in your proposal):

  • Qualifications of the applicant(s), including past experience, interest and knowledge of the subjects;
  • Consideration of ITK publications, including reports, position papers, strategies and action plans; and,
  • Experience working in partnership with Inuit organizations

We anticipate that this work will begin the week of November 25th, 2019 and end on November 25th, 2021.

V. Budget

Up to $250,000 maximum for the two year period outlined above.


If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact:

Karen Beddard, Manager of Health and Social Development

613.238.8181 x277

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