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Request for Proposals (RFP): Engagement and facilitation support for the Indigenous Justice Strategy

By October 7, 2022 No Comments



In September 2021, the ITK Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the creation of an ad-hoc working group focusing solely on justice related issues. The Board also approved the engagement related to the legislative framework of the First Nations and Inuit Policing Program. The resolution for this direction can be found here.

The Justice Working Group structure mirrors that of the ITK Board of Directors. The working group will pursue a number of specific priority topics including policing, corrections, judiciary and crime prevention.

In March 2022, Inuit regions were successful in obtaining funds to participate in the engagement phase of the Indigenous Justice Strategy. ITK will play a key role in supporting regional engagement as well as collecting and presenting a consolidation of findings in a final report.

Through this RFP, ITK is seeking professional support to develop a discussion paper that would inform Inuit-specific input to the development of the Indigenous Justice Strategy. Also, the successful proponent would be responsible for the planning and facilitation of engagement sessions with regional stakeholders to collect input received through regionally specific approaches. A final report that incorporates all of the received input will be required to finalize this project.



ITK is the national representational organization for the 65,000 Inuit in Canada, the majority of whom live in four regions, including the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador). Collectively, these four regions make up Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland in Canada. Inuit Nunangat includes 51 communities and encompasses roughly 35 percent of Canada’s landmass and more than 50 percent of its coastline.

The comprehensive land claim agreements that have been settled in Inuit Nunangat form a core component of ITK’s mandate. These land claims have the status of protected treaties under the Constitution. ITK remains committed to working in partnership with the Crown to fully implement these land claims. Consistent with its founding purpose, ITK represents the rights and interests of Inuit at the national level through a democratic governance structure that represents all Inuit regions.

ITK advocates for policies, programs and services that impact the health, social, cultural, political and environmental issues facing Inuit today. ITK is governed by a Board that is composed of the following members:

  • Chair and CEO, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
  • President, Makivik Corporation
  • President, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
  • President, Nunatsiavut Government

In addition to voting members, the following non-voting Permanent Participant Representatives also sit on the Board:

  • President, Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada
  • President, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
  • President, National Inuit Youth Council


The successful team will be required to undertake the following work:

  • Collect, compile, and analyze Inuit related Justice reform reports and recommendation including but not limited to: Coroner Inquests, Office of the Auditor General audits, Correctional Investigator reports, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls for Action, MMIWG Calls for Justice, Viens Commission and Inuit regional specific publications on Justice reform.
  • Develop a summary report that includes all recommendations into key themes (Policing, Corrections, Judiciary and Crime Prevention)
  • Develop a discussion paper that would inform Inuit-specific input towards the development of the proposed Indigenous Justice Strategy. The discussion paper will include a high-level description of the justice systems across each of the four Inuit Nunangat regions and also provide Inuit-specific recommendations to potentially be incorporated into the federal strategy.
    • Includes a review of applicable justice related federal, provincial and territorial legislation.
    • Research current justice related programs and services available to Inuit across the four Inuit regions and outside Inuit Nunangat.
    • Create a Federal and National scope.
    • Review and analyze applicable gaps in the delivery of justice programs/services; and regulatory requirements/impacts.
  • Planning and facilitation of engagement sessions across the four Inuit regions, as well as with Inuit outside of Inuit Nunangat.
    • Develop a meeting package with questions and background materials
    • Planning and facilitation of 5 engagement sessions with Inuit to gather Inuit-specific recommendations
    • Draft and finalize a report summarizing the recommendations and major themes from the engagement sessions.
    • Create timeline of work with Inuit stakeholders.

The successful proponent may also be asked to undertake the following work on an as-needed basis:

  • Develop or support the development of briefing materials, budget documents that reflect regional Inuit priorities and Canadian and international best practices;
  • Conduct desktop research, where necessary, to inform such advice;
  • Meet with Justice Working Group on occasion;
  • Meet virtually with ITK and regional partners;
  • Respond to queries by ITK staff in a timely manner;
  • Recognize that flexibility and responsiveness in the above work may be required.

Selection Criteria and Process

The following are the criteria we will use in the selection process:

  • Qualifications of the applicant(s), including education, past experience, interest and a proven track record relating to the scope of work.
  • Detailed scope of knowledge and expertise in the areas identified under parts II and IV.
  • Service description, outlining a sound, comprehensive and detailed approach that covers all tasks outlined in section IV (Scope of Work Requirements).
  • Budget and budget justification that fit with the scope of work.
  • Experience working with Indigenous organizations on Justice related topics
  • Clear timeline of completion of work detailed.
  • Experience working in an Inuit Nunangat context and with Inuit representational organizations is a definite asset.
  • Strong recommendations from references.
  • Potential for excellent working relationship.

The proposals will be reviewed in detail according to the above criteria. We anticipate that the work required for this project will start the week of November 4th, 2022 and conclude June 30th, 2023 with possibility of extension.

Budget: Value for money will be a key consideration in assessing the proposals.

Submission Deadline:

Your electronic submission should be sent by 5:00 pm EST on Monday, October 31st 2022, to Katelyn Collins at [email protected].

If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Katelyn Collins at [email protected]. Answers to all questions will be shared with all proponents.