TKLUS Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

Senior Historian

November 12, 2021

About Know History

Come join our growing team! Established in 2011, Know History has quickly gained a reputation for professionalism, innovation, and exceptional customer service. We provide historical services – which means that we help individuals and organizations capture many of the unique stories that make up our past, inform our present, and inspire the future.

Many of our services are designed to benefit Indigenous Peoples and communities by acknowledging the vitality of oral history, the authority of Traditional Knowledge, the power of cultural resources, the importance of self-government, and the contextualization of colonial sources. With offices in Ottawa and Calgary, and team members located throughout the country, we have had the privilege of working alongside Indigenous Nations, all levels of government, communities, museums, filmmakers, policymakers, and individuals.

About the Position

Know History is looking for a Senior Historian who will bring their expertise of Indigenous history, archival collections, government policy, and historical research methodologies to conduct research, create research designs, and write analytical reports related to land claims, specific claims, and Indigenous history topics. As a Senior Historian, you’ll also work closely with our Research Directors to lead small and medium teams on research projects and produce a variety of project deliverables, as well as provide feedback and mentor junior staff.

The ideal candidate is a meticulous researcher who is resourceful, passionate about history, and an active member of the historical research community. This is a full-time position, with options for flexible and part-time hours (making it a great opportunity for someone who is teaching at the university level), as well as options to work remotely or in either of our Calgary or Ottawa offices. We also offer comprehensive health and dental benefits, ample paid time off, and state-of-the-art equipment, resources, and facilities to make it easier for team members to pursue their passion.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Lead research projects related to Canadian, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit history.
  • Advise on archival collections, government policy, and historical research methodologies to create research designs and workflows for projects.
  • Develop research plans, identify files, and conduct archival research
  • Write analytical reports related to litigation research, comprehensive claims, Statements of Facts, expert witness reports, and rebuttal reports.
  • Write for a variety of museum exhibits, books, educational materials, and other historical products.
  • Write reviews of manuscripts and other kinds of research products to maintain professional research standards.
  • Publish articles, blog posts, and other written material.
  • Edit historical writing of all kinds.
  • Act as an expert witness when required.
  • Mentor junior staff on approach to research process and writing
  • Lead small and medium teams of various experience levels.
  • Lead team meetings and actively participate in meetings led by other team members.
  • Assist community outreach and engagement.
  • Conduct genealogical and archival file review.
  • Manage project budgets and timelines.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications

  • 8 years of documented professional historical research experience, including but not limited to archival research, and oral history
  • Strong understanding of archival research methodologies and Canadian Archival holdings
  • Knowledge and experience working with Indigenous history, policy, communities, and governments is essential
  • Strong written communication skills, particularly in plain language.
  • Demonstrated experience with writing and editing analytical reports, as well as other historical publications and products
  • Experience and knowledge of land claims, government and legal issues
  • Experience with providing research to support commissions (e.g., the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Inquiry into MMIWG) and community-based research is an asset
  • Active in the Canadian historical community (e.g., publishing work, presenting in conferences, boards, and committees).
  • A graduate degree in History, Indigenous Studies, or a similar discipline is preferred; a combination of formal training and relevant professional experience may also be considered
  • English is the working language, however, ability to speak an Indigenous language or French is an asset

Position Details:

  • Hours: Full-time (options for flexible/part-time hours are available to accommodate part-time teaching)
  • Compensation: Starting at $85,000/year, with paid vacation, paid sick leave, and health and dental benefits
  • Travel required: Occasionally
  • Location: Ottawa, Calgary, or remote in Canada
  • Equipment provided (e.g. laptop, dual monitor, peripherals)

How to Apply:

If you are interested in joining Know History’s team for this role, please send your resume to by December 31st, 2021. If you have any questions or require accessibility or cultural accommodations, at any point in the application process, send us an email and we’ll work with you to make sure your needs are met.

Know History is committed to providing equal employment opportunities. We know that, in order to understand our collective history, we need to prioritize Indigenous and diverse voices across all aspects of our organization. We strongly encourage candidates to apply and self-identify if they identify as Indigenous, members of racialized communities and visible minorities, people with disabilities, or members of the Two-Spirit (2S) & LGBTQIA+ communities.

Image: Know History’s Director Ryan Shackleton and videographer Jordan Konek prepping for a Traditional Knowledge and Land Use study in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. Credit: Michelle Valberg.