Policy Lead, MMIWG2S+

Policy Lead, MMIWG2S+

Position: Policy Lead, MMIWG2S+

Reporting to: Director of Research & Strategic Partnerships

Location: First Light


The Policy Lead, MMIWG2S+, will be instrumental in driving First Light’s efforts in addressing gender-based violence (GBV) in Newfoundland and Labrador, with a focus on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse persons (MMIWG2S+). 

As a Policy Lead, you are responsible for carrying out targeted research, providing policy guidance to relevant stakeholders and decision-makers, engaging in national and provincial initiatives, and fostering community partnerships to support First Light’s work to end gender-based violence.

The role is ideal for a compassionate and driven individual, deeply committed to advancing justice, equity, and reconciliation for Indigenous Peoples. This individual possesses a profound respect for Indigenous rights and cultures, coupled with a strong sense of social responsibility and advocacy. They will be highly analytical and research-oriented, able to navigate complex policy landscapes and translate findings into actionable recommendations.

If you are someone with resilience, empathy, and a steadfast dedication to amplifying the voices of those impacted by gender-based violence, embodying the values of integrity, humility, and cultural humility in their work, this will be a perfect role for you.

Core Skill Set

  • Research Leadership
  • Policy Development and Analysis
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Community Coordination
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Communication

Essential Responsibilities

Research Leadership

  • Lead targeted research efforts including qualitative and quantitative analysis to inform evidence-based public policy on addressing gender-based violence in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Identify and adapt best practices from across Canada to enhance local policy development efforts. 
  • Draft compelling research reports that articulate the gaps that exist within government, public policy, and service delivery and put forward recommendations based on secondary research. 

Policy Development and Advice

  • Develop and share policy advice with government departments, law enforcement agencies, and other stakeholders to promote and support implementation of the Section 9 MMIWG Calls for Justice and related recommendations.
  • Guide the implementation of priority “Hear Our Voices” recommendations and MMIWG-informed First Voice Calls for Change.

National and Provincial Engagement

  • Lead First Light’s involvement in the development and implementation of the MMIWG2S+ urban National Action Plan.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous communities across the province and Friendship Centres nationwide on efforts of mutual interest.
  • Support First Light’s participation in the Provincial Indigenous Women’s Steering Committee (PIWSC) and the provincial government’s Reconciliation Council.
  • Foster strategic partnerships with government agencies, Indigenous organizations, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders to advance shared objectives related to ending gender-based violence and promoting Indigenous rights and well-being.

Community Coordination and Support

  • Coordinate with rights-holders and community partners to garner support for First Light’s initiatives to end gender-based violence.
  • Build broad-based support for First Light’s work in St. John’s and across Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and cultural advisors to ensure that First Light’s initiatives are grounded in Indigenous values, traditions, and ways of knowing and being.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Public Policy, Indigenous Studies, Law, Social Sciences, or a related field, with a focus on Indigenous rights, gender-based violence, or policy development. (Degree in criminology, police studies, and/or experience in law enforcement is an asset.)
  • Experience in policy development, particularly in Indigenous rights or gender-based violence.
  • Experience working directly with Indigenous communities, organizations, or advocacy groups, with a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities facing Indigenous peoples in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Understanding of the socio-cultural context of Indigenous communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methods, including data collection, analysis, and interpretation, with a track record of producing high-quality research outputs on complex social issues.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and policies related to Indigenous rights and gender-based violence is an asset.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to build trust, rapport, and collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to [email protected].