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Aboriginal Liaison

Aboriginal liaisons help build and maintain positive and effective relationships between Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) and non-Aboriginal peoples who work for or are served by the liaison's employer.

  • Avg. Salary $55,910.00
  • Avg. Wage $29.41
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 31,700
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Community Relations Specialist, Conflict Resolution Specialist, Dispute Resolution Specialist, Negotiator

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Administrative Officers (1221) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Administrative Officers (B311) 
  • 2011 NOC: Administrative officers (1221) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Aboriginal Liaison is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Administrative Officers

Interest in co-ordinating office services such as admissions to post-secondary educational institutions, accommodation, relocations, equipment, supplies, forms, disposal of assets, parking, maintenance and security services; and in maintaining inventory and budgetary controls


Interest in supervising and overseeing office administrative procedures; in administering policies and procedures related to the release of records in processing requests under government access to information and privacy legislation; and in establishing work priorities, delegating work to office support staff and in ensuring deadlines are met and procedures followed


Interest in planning and arranging for the acquisition of administrative and office services

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated May 12, 2017

In general, aboriginal liaisons:

  • bring together representatives of the Aboriginal community, the employing organization, government agencies and unions
  • promote cross-cultural understanding and facilitate communication between peoples of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal origin
  • work with their organization and Aboriginal customers and communities to facilitate the consultation process and act as a mediator when necessary
  • advise others in their organizations regarding Aboriginal issues, cultures, trends and demographics
  • recommend ways to establish and maintain good working relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal employees, clients or customers
  • work with others in the organization to identify and remove any barriers in the employment process for Aboriginal peoples
  • work co-operatively with other community agencies to promote awareness of Aboriginal issues and support Aboriginal employment and career development.

Depending on the nature of the employing organization, Aboriginal liaisons may:

  • promote their organizations' services and policies in the Aboriginal community
  • promote their organization as a potential employer
  • facilitate access to their organizations' services
  • educate others in their organizations about discrimination
  • provide advice regarding effective intervention and prevention strategies, and help implement strategies
  • identify appropriate resources for use with Aboriginal clients or customers
  • promote the integration of Aboriginal content in programs and resources
  • assist in the development and delivery of related programs and support services
  • participate in community and cultural engagement activities and events.
Working Conditions
Updated May 12, 2017

Aboriginal liaisons usually work standard weekday office hours but may be required to attend evening or weekend meetings. They spend much of their time away from their offices delivering programs, acting as a community resource and building community relationships. A considerable amount of travel may be required.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated May 12, 2017

Aboriginal liaisons need the following characteristics:

  • an interest in and respect for different Aboriginal cultures (for example, First Nations, Metis, Inuit)
  • excellent communication skills, in person and in writing
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • the ability to consistently project a positive, professional image, on and off the job
  • the ability to maintain a balanced perspective
  • excellent organizational and time management skills
  • an interest in facilitating individual and organizational growth
  • negotiation skills
  • the ability to multitask in a fast paced environment.

They should enjoy coordinating programs and services, and working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds (for example, Aboriginal community leaders, government representatives, managers at all levels of the organization).

Educational Requirements
Updated May 12, 2017

Aboriginal liaisons need a combination of related education and experience. They must be:

  • able to write concise reports and facilitate communication and group learning
  • knowledgeable about local Aboriginal history, cultures and issues
  • knowledgeable about the field in which they work (for example, business administration, oil and gas exploration or extraction, health care)
  • knowledgeable about their employer's organizational structure, culture and services or products
  • knowledgeable about First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities.

Some employers require applicants to have a high school diploma or three to five years of related experience. Other employers require applicants to have a post-secondary diploma or degree in a field related to the organization's business (for example, marketing, social services, policing, education, resource extraction, banking). A cost-conscious attitude and computer literacy are definite assets. In particular, Aboriginal liaisons should be able to use presentation software and related technology effectively.

Experience with the Aboriginal community is an asset. Job applicants may be expected to provide references from respected members of the Aboriginal community.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated May 12, 2017

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated May 12, 2017

Aboriginal liaisons are employed by large organizations that currently employ predominantly people of non-Aboriginal origin (for example, school authorities, post-secondary schools, police forces, regional health authorities, government departments, oil and gas companies, banks and other large corporations).

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

This is a growing but relatively small occupation. There are a limited number of new positions created each year in Alberta.

Wage & Salary
Updated May 12, 2017

Salaries for Aboriginal liaisons vary considerably from one position to another depending on the size and nature of the organization, the responsibilities of the position, and the qualifications required. Aboriginal liaisons who have professional qualifications earn salaries comparable to their professional counterparts.

Administrative officers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $14.81 $40.00 $23.79 $21.68
Overall $17.50 $47.44 $29.41 $27.47
Top $19.00 $70.19 $36.98 $33.65

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration
Oil & Gas Extraction
Transportation and Warehousing
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Wholesale Trade
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Educational Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Retail Trade
Information, Culture, Recreation

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Education and Library Studies
  • Human Ecology, Fashion and Food Sciences
  • Humanities and Languages
  • Social Sciences, Law and Religious Studies
  • Social, Community and Protective Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated May 12, 2017

Aboriginal Human Resources Council (AHRC) website:

Alberta Indigenous Relations website:

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada website:

Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC) website:

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Supports Centre near you.

Updated Mar 03, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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