Indigenous Board Member Vacancy


The Partnership is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors for the position of Indigenous Director at Large. The Board is comprised of 20 members and includes a dedicated self-identified Indigenous person with experience working to improve the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The term of the Indigenous Board member is three years. The seat is rotated every three years to ensure membership from all three recognized Indigenous peoples, First Nations, Inuit and Métis, on the Partnership’s Board of Directors. Applications are being sought from the First Nations community for a three-year term on the Board from June 2021 to June 2024.

About the Partnership and its Board

As the steward of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control (the Strategy), the Partnership works with Canada’s cancer community to take action to ensure fewer people get cancer, more people survive cancer and those living with the disease have a better quality of life. Our partner network – cancer agencies, health system leaders and experts, and people affected by cancer – brings a wide variety of expertise to every aspect of our work. After more than 10 years of collaboration, we are accelerating work that improves the effectiveness and efficiency of the cancer control system, aligning shared priorities and mobilizing positive change across the cancer continuum. The Partnership’s work is guided by the Strategy, which was refreshed for 2019 to 2029 and will help drive measurable change for all Canadians affected by cancer. After engaging across the country with more than 7,500 people, including First Nations, Inuit and Metis people, partners, organizations, governments and communities, the refreshed Strategy includes five priorities which will tackle the most pressing challenges in cancer control as well as three distinct First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples-specific priorities reflecting Canada’s commitment to reconciliation.

In addition to delivering on its 2017-22 strategic plan, the Partnership will oversee the implementation of the Strategy’s priorities in collaboration with organizations and individuals on the front lines of cancer care – the provinces and territories; health-care professionals; First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, governments and organizations; people living with cancer and those who care for them; and its funder, Health Canada.

The Partnership is a non-profit organization created by the federal government in 2006 to move the Strategy into action and receives ongoing funding from Health Canada to continue leading the Strategy with partners from across Canada. The Partnership’s Board of Directors plays a key role in overseeing the Partnership’s accountability to Canadians.

Learn more about the Partnership and the refreshed Strategy at

General responsibilities of Board Members

The successful candidate is expected to attend Board meetings (at least four meetings per year in cities across Canada) as well as participate on one of the Committees reporting to the Board. Committee meetings are typically held two weeks prior to Board meetings. Due to COVID-19, all Board and Committee meetings will continue to be virtual until it is determined that travel can resume across Canada.


Candidates interested in serving as the Indigenous Director at Large (First Nations) should self-identify as First Nations, have a working knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis health services and challenges. Ideally, the candidate will have experience working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities as well as experience working with National Indigenous Organizations and governments. Past experience serving on a board and knowledge of the workings of a board from a good governance perspective will be considered assets.

Apply now

A completed letter of interest along with a resume should be forwarded by email to Victoria Faric, Board Liaison, by Friday, January 29, 2021 at Please include your contact information.

Submitted letters of interest and a resume for this vacancy will be presented to the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Partnership’s Board for review. We will only contact those who will be on a short list for further consideration and/or an interview. The Committee is expected to make its recommendation to the full Board for election by the Board members by the end of June 2021. Only the names of the individuals appointed to the Board will be made public.

If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Faric at (416) 619-5761 or

Position Details

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Posting date:

January 14, 2021

Closing date:

January 29, 2021