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Indigenous Liaison

Indigenous liaisons help build and maintain positive and effective relationships between people of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) cultures, people who are not Indigenous to Canada, and stakeholders who work for or are served by an organization that employs an Indigenous liaison.

  • Avg. Salary $59,982.00
  • Avg. Wage $31.06
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook avg
  • Employed 26,700
  • In Demand Medium
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) 
  • 2016 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 Indigenous 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 Mar 31, 2020

In general, Indigenous liaisons promote cross-cultural understanding. They facilitate communications and connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. They may bring together people who represent Indigenous communities with people who represent their employing organization as well as government agencies and unions. They may also:

  • Arrange for consultation between their organization and Indigenous customers and communities and act as a mediator when necessary
  • Advise others in their organization about Indigenous issues, cultures, trends, and demographics
  • Suggest ways to establish and maintain good working relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employees, clients, or customers
  • Work with others to identify and remove barriers to employment in their organization for Indigenous people
  • Work with community agencies to build awareness of Indigenous issues and support Indigenous employment and career development

Depending on the nature of their employer, Indigenous liaisons may:

  • Promote their organization’s services and policies in the Indigenous community
  • Promote their organization as a potential employer for Indigenous people
  • Facilitate Indigenous people’s access to their organization’s services
  • Educate people in their organization about prejudice against Indigenous people
  • Advise and help implement their organization’s strategies to intervene in and prevent cross-cultural difficulties
  • Identify resources available to Indigenous clients or customers
  • Seek respectful inclusion of Indigenous content in their employer’s programs and resources
  • Help develop and deliver programs and support services to Indigenous clients, customers, or workers
  • Participate in community activities and events to promote cross-cultural engagement
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Indigenous liaisons most often work standard weekday office hours. They may need 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. They may spend a lot of time travelling.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Indigenous liaisons need:

  • An interest in and respect for different Indigenous cultures
  • An interest in facilitating individual and organizational growth
  • An interest in building rapport with communities
  • Objectivity and broad-mindedness
  • Excellent communication skills, in person and in writing
  • Organization and time-management skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • The ability to project a positive, professional image, on and off the job
  • The ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment

Indigenous liaisons should enjoy coordinating programs and services. They should be comfortable working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. These include Indigenous community leaders, government representatives, and managers at all levels of the organization.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Administrative officers
NOC code: 1221

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Oct 15, 2021 and Oct 24, 2021.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Establish work priorities and ensure procedures are followed and deadlines are met
Review, evaluate and implement new administrative procedures
Carry out administrative activities of establishment
Oversee and co-ordinate office administrative procedures
Assemble data and prepare periodic and special reports, manuals and correspondence
Assist in the preparation of operating budget and maintain inventory and budgetary controls
Personal Suitability: Organized
Personal Suitability: Reliability
Co-ordinate and plan for office services such as accommodation, relocation, equipment, supplies, forms, disposal of assets, parking, maintenance and security services
Business Equipment and Computer Applications: Electronic mail
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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

  • Be able to write concise reports, facilitate communication, and support group learning
  • Have knowledge about Indigenous communities, local history, cultures, and issues
  • Understand the field they work in (such as business administration, the oil and gas industry, or health care)
  • Understand their employer’s organizational structure, culture, and services or products

Some employers require applicants to have a high school diploma or 3 to 5 years of related experience. Others look only for applicants with a post-secondary diploma or degree in a field related to the organization’s business (such as marketing, social services, policing, education, resource extraction, banking). A cost-conscious attitude and computer literacy are definite assets. In particular, Indigenous liaisons should be able to use presentation software and related technology.

Experience with and acceptance by the Indigenous community is a definite asset. Job applicants may be expected to provide references from respected members of the Indigenous community.

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Indigenous liaisons often work for large organizations. These may include school authorities, post-secondary schools, police forces, regional health authorities, government departments, oil and gas companies, banks, and large corporations.

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 1221: Administrative officers occupational group is expected to have an average annual growth of 1.9% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 540 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Salaries for Indigenous liaisons vary a great deal from one position to another. Factors include the size and nature of the organization, responsibilities of the position, and qualifications required. For example, Indigenous liaisons with professional qualifications earn salaries comparable to those with the same qualifications who are working in directly related professions.

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 $15.00 $39.44 $24.84 $23.46
Overall $19.00 $48.15 $31.06 $30.00
Top $20.00 $79.33 $38.90 $34.39

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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
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Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Health Care & Social Assistance
Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing
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Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Accommodation & Food Services
Business, Building and Other Support Services

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

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Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Indigenous Works website:

Ministry of Indigenous Relations website:

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada website:

Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC) website:

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Updated Mar 31, 2020. 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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