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RFP – Legal Services for Employment Matters

The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) is inviting public proposals from experienced licensed individual attorneys and/or law firms who have the qualifications and capacity to provide legal advice and services in relation to employment matters in the Yukon Territory.  CAFN intends to enter a retainer agreement for the services identified below.

Background: The Shadhäla Äshèyi yè Kwädän (Champagne and Aishihik First Nations or CAFN) is a self-governing First Nation located in the Yukon Territory and northwest British Columbia, Canada. The Champagne and Aishihik people and government are named after two historic settlements: Shadhäla (Champagne), located on the Dezadeash River; and Äshèyi (Aishihik), at the headwaters of the Alsek River drainage. CAFN has more than 1,200 Dän (people) and is one of the largest of the 14 Yukon First Nations. CAFN currently has approximately 140 employees. The CAFN’s main government office is located in Haines Junction, with offices in Takhini and Whitehorse.

CAFN has identified certain requirements and expectations that should be incorporated into the proposal. These requirements and expectations will be the provided by the Service provider including but not limited to the following:

  • The individual/firm shall be readily available to perform the following legal services as requested.
  • Advise on legal matters related to individual labor and employment matters
  • Drafting and/or review for legal correctness and acceptability; legal documents, contracts, severance agreements, termination and other legal drafting, as requested
  • Defend lawsuits, administrative claims or legal claims
  • Conduct litigation, as necessary
  • Advise on Human Resources policy and/or procedures that impact CAFN, as necessary

 

  • The proposal should demonstrate considerable knowledge of applicable laws; Canada Labour Code (Part 2 and 3), Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Canadian Human Rights Act, Workers Compensation, Health and Safety Act, and the Employment Insurance Act.
  • Experience with current labour relations issues such as managing for COVID in the workplace should also be identified (testing, accommodation, vaccine mandates, etc.)
  • How the attorney or law firm treats its client representatives is very important to CAFN. The proposal must describe who will be the firm’s primary contact, how accessible the firm is and what the process is for changing the firms’ primary contact person if required. The proposer should identify the average responses times for both critical and routine inquiries from CAFN.
  • The proposal should describe how it would keep client communications and information safe and confidential.
  • Provide services in a manner sensitive to the culture and traditions of First Nations;

Proposals submitted should include the attorney’s or law firm’s business name and address, qualifications and experience. They should identify this information for all members of the legal team that will be providing services under this contract.  Proposals will be evaluated based on relevant qualifications and experience, the quality of the proposal submitted and a proposal that addresses all the requirements mentioned above, the contractor’s ability to complete work in accordance with the deadline and the proposed price.  CAFN need not accept the lowest priced, the highest ranked, or any proposal, and reserves the right to reject or accept any proposal without further explanation.

This request for proposals does not commit the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations to award a contract. CAFN reserves the right to cancel this Request for Proposals at any time without award or compensation to proponents.  Proponents are solely responsible for their own expenses of preparing, presenting, and delivering their proposals.

Submissions must be sent by email to bjackson@cafn.ca on or before December 16, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. (Yukon Time).  The contract is expected to commence January 2022. Questions regarding the submission of proposals may be directed to Brenda Jackson at 867-634-4200 ext. 242.

Proposals may be withdrawn by submitting a written withdrawal request, executed by the proponent, to the same email address to which the proposal was submitted prior to the proposal closing time.