Legal Counsel - Aboriginal Law Group - (8042)

  • Government of Yukon
  • Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
  • Dec 14, 2017
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Legal Counsel - Aboriginal Law Group - (8042)

      Department Government of Yukon -> Justice - Aboriginal Law Group Location Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6 CA (Primary) Job Type Permanent End Date   Full/Part Time Full-time Standard Hours Bi-weekly 75 Classification LE03 Salary $112,159.00 - $150,027.00 Union MGT Days Off Saturday/Sunday Travel 10% Admissibility Open to all Candidates Job Summary and Requirements

This is for one permanent full-time position working 75 hours bi-weekly.


Salary will commensurate with education and experience:
LE03 - $112,159 to $150,027 per annum


The Department of Justice is working to ensure Yukon remains a safe, secure, and healthy place to live and work.  We build strong and healthy relationships with others to support good governance and to foster safe communities with opportunities for healing.  The Department of Justice provides supportive and dynamic work environments comprised of teams of professionals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of Yukoners.

The Department of Justice seeks an experienced lawyer to join its Aboriginal Law Group.  Reporting to the Managing Counsel for the Aboriginal Law Group, Legal Services Branch, the successful candidate will be a member of a team providing legal services in the area of Aboriginal Law to the Government of Yukon.

Members of the Aboriginal Law Group are called upon to provide legal advice with respect to the interpretation and implementation of Yukon First Nation Final and Self-Government Agreements, obligations to First Nations arising under the common law, to assist with the negotiation and drafting of various agreements and protocols with First Nations and to represent Yukon Government in civil litigation and administrative law matters that give rise to Aboriginal law issues.

Duties include: legal research, preparation of legal opinions and legal risk assessments, drafting and reviewing legal documents, including pleadings, memoranda of law and other court-related documents, providing oral and written advice to Government of Yukon to assist with negotiations, policy development and decision-making, attending with Government of Yukon negotiators at negotiations with First Nations, and appearing in court and before administrative tribunals. 


For more information about this position, please contact: Mark Radke, acting Managing Counsel of the Aboriginal Law Group at 867-667-8098 or
For information about the recruitment process, please contact Ingrid Arboine, Human Resources Consultant at 867-667-8472 or


Essential Qualifications

Please submit your resume clearly demonstrating how you meet the following qualifications. Please note selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information you provide in your resume.

  • Current member of the Law Society of Yukon or current eligibility for membership in the Law Society of Yukon.
  • A minimum of 7 year’s experience practicing law, with at least 4 year’s experience practicing in the field of Aboriginal Law.


Desired Knowledge, Skills and Suitability

We are looking for a skilled lawyer to provide legal services to client departments including preparation of legal opinions and agreements, protocols, pleadings and other legal instruments.  Strong analytical, problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills are desired for this position.  Familiarity with the Yukon Final and Self-Government Agreements and experience in negotiations with First Nations are assets.

Additional Information:

Conditions of Employment: Must either be a member in good standing of the Law Society of Yukon or be currently eligible for admission to the Law Society of Yukon.

Job Requirements: Willingness to travel both within Yukon and outside of the Territory and work evenings and weekends as required.

Practice Area(s)

Aboriginal Law