Economic Development Officer – Mikisew Cree First Nation

Published July 4, 2019


Mikisew Cree First Nation signed Treaty 8 in 1899. The Mikisew Cree have resided in Northeastern Alberta since time immemorial. We have lived a traditional lifestyle that included close understanding of the natural way of life. Even today most of our members in Fort Chipewyan rely on “traditional foods” such as fish, birds, and moose for a significant portion of our diet. Many of our members continue to enjoy a lifestyle featuring travel and time spent on the Athabasca Delta, which is in the centre of our traditional lands, a unique international ecosystem which we cherish. It is the source of much that sustains us. When the fur trade came west and established a trading fort in this area, the Mikisew Cree were among those who traded furs.

The traditional lands of the Mikisew Cree First Nation range over much of the area where the Athabasca Oil Sands deposits have been found. Mikisew Cree First Nation shares this territory with four other First Nations.

At the present time most Mikisew Cree First Nation members reside in Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Fort Smith, NWT and Fort Chipewyan. Our Nation has the largest population of the five First Nations in the Region.

In 1986 we signed a Treaty Land Entitlement with Canada that created several Reserves in and around the Fort Chipewyan area and into the area north of Lake Athabasca.

In 2005 we were able to win a legal case at the Supreme Court of Canada affirming our rights and title interests to areas of the Wood Buffalo National Park. We are today working out the details of our relationship with the National Park administration.

We continue to press for our rights for the Agricultural Benefits from Treaty 8, and we are in the process of settling the long outstanding remaining “unfinished business” from our 1986 Treaty Land Entitlement settlement.

The Mikisew Cree First Nation is proud of our heritage, and confident in its bright future.


Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN) is seeking a highly motivate individual to fill the position of Economic Development Officer (EDO).  Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, this role will be highly visible and responsible for marketing the business and economic development interests within the community. The EDO is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating and implementing economic development policies, strategies and initiatives that improve the community, socioeconomic, and business development of MCFN.

This position is based in Fort Chipewyan, AB. Candidates residing in Fort McMurray will be considered.  

Key roles and responsibilities

Economic Development

  • Responsible for attracting new business to the community and facilitating economic growth for the community
  • Encourages business retention and expansion within Fort Chipewyan
  • Develops a positive business environment that contributes to the sustainable economic prosperity of Mikisew Cree first Nation
  • Develops a professional working relationship with stakeholders
  • Always promotes the Bands strengths and advantages and ensures economic development information is available to all interested parties
  • Establishes and maintains an information database of demographic and market research materials from regional, provincial, and national sources

Business Development

  • Identifies opportunities for business development and economic growth
  • Responds to enquiries from the business community and public by providing support to a wide range of proposals related to development, expansions, relocations to supporting economic development for Mikisew Cree First nation
  • Responds to information requests from potential investors and developers

Partnerships and Liaison

  • Develops and maintains relationships with Management and facilitates business development
  • Builds networks with stakeholders at the local, regional, provincial, and national levels
  • Creates networks to promote economic development with other government organizations, First Nations Bands, as well as community and business groups


  • Creates reports, delivers presentations, and provides professional advice to Leadership and Council on matters and activities related to economic development


Qualifications & Education Requirements

  • University degree in Commerce, Economics, or related field
  • 2 – 5 years working experience in Community Economic Development or related field

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically in a political and community service environment
  • Demonstrated leadership of organizations with diverse membership and mandates
  • Evidence of building effective working relationship with multiple stakeholders including industry, government officials, community leaders and other First Nations
  • Proven track record of developing, implementing, and managing programs and policies to attract and stimulate business opportunities and economic activity in the community
  • Demonstrated measurable results and personal performance in the community economic development field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of programs, services and funding available to entrepreneurs and willingness to assist


  • Excellent communications, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written sills and ability to write proposals
  • Understanding of the economic development function
  • Ability to work independently within a team framework and in a variety of social settings
  • Understanding of government funding mechanisms that assist community development
  • Ability to facilitate small group discussions and chair large meetings
  • Project management knowledge, business planning and marketing skills
  • Computer applications expertise, e.g. MS Office, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Pro, etc.
  • Working knowledge and experience with publishing and presentation software programs to produce reports and documents in hard copy and PowerPoint type formats
  • Have and maintain a valid Alberta Driver’s Licence


A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.

To apply please send a CV and cover letter to:

Anurag Shourie or Angela Karwal
Leaders International Executive Search
Suite 501 Fox One
10226 – 104 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 1B8
Phone: 780-420-9900

  • Position: Economic Development Officer
  • Location: Mikisew Cree First Nation


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