Historical Researcher

First Peoples Law LLP is seeking a Historical Researcher to join our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. 


Who We Are 

First Peoples Law is committed to defending and advancing Indigenous Peoples’ inherent and constitutionally protected title, rights and Treaty rights. Our objective is to play a meaningful role in Indigenous Peoples’​ ongoing struggle for a more respectful and equitable world for themselves and their children.  

With a team of 31, including 18 lawyers, we provide the highest-quality legal services to our clients on issues related to title and rights, governance and economic prosperity, while actively participating in public education initiatives. Our work includes providing representation and strategic advice to First Nations and Indigenous groups across Canada. 


What We Offer 

First Peoples Law provides a unique opportunity to work collaboratively on cutting-edge Indigenous rights issues. We offer flexibility, competitive remuneration, a supportive team and the opportunity to work with recognized leading lawyers and on behalf of inspiring clients across the country who are at the forefront of developing the law through the defence of their Indigenous rights.


Description of Position


A significant portion of our work consists of Specific Claims, which address First Nations' historical claims from the colonial period to the late twentieth century - especially those dealing with Canada's establishment of reserves, administration of reserves, and fulfillment of treaty obligations.  

We are looking to expand our in-house historical research department and hire an additional researcher to support our Specific Claims work. This full-time position would be well-suited for a historian passionate about the history of Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia and nation-wide. The historian will be responsible for researching/retrieving historical documents and drafting the historical reports which provide the basis for our clients' Specific Claims. Although our office is in Vancouver, this position will involve occasional travel to BC Archives in Victoria and, possibly, other repositories of historical documents. 

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • researching/retrieving historical documents

  • drafting historical reports

  • completing records management projects as directed (i.e. creating document indexes, transcriptions, and historical timelines)

  • supporting the development of an in-house historical database to expedite the research process


What We're Looking For


Our ideal candidate is a resourceful self-starter who can work independently with minimal supervision and direction, has a positive attitude and superior organizational and problem-solving skills that will contribute to the exciting, fast-paced and dynamic professional team environment. 

The Historical Researcher will have the following qualifications:  

  • skill and knowledge usually obtained by upper-level education in the field of history, archival studies, archaeology, or any other related field in humanities research 

  • familiarity with the history of Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia and nation-wide 

  • candidates with experience in record management are encouraged to apply

  • must demonstrate high-level writing and communication skills

  • able to work independently and willing to travel to conduct archival research 


The Historical Researcher will work on a full-time basis out of the First Peoples Law office in Vancouver and remotely.

Salary will be determined based on the candidate’s skill level and expertise. 


How to Apply

All interested candidates are to submit their resume and any questions about the position to Joti Gill at jgill@firstpeopleslaw.com. The job-posting will be open until the position is filled.

First Peoples Law LLP hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. However, qualified Indigenous applicants will be given priority.


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