Position: Overnight Support Staff

Internal/External Job Posting  |  Terms: Contract Position  |  Part-time  – Less than 34 hrs per week  |  Salary to be negotiated


The Overnight Support Staff will provide overnight support and services to women at the Lodge. This is a part-time position. 

The Overnight Support Staff will represent Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society by demonstrating the qualities of the Seven Grandfather Teachings: RespectHonestyTruthHumilityCourage, Wisdom and Love.

 All staff must possess an understanding of the barriers and challenges faced by Indigenous women who have come into conflict with the Canadian correctional system.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Practice strict COVID 19 Procedures and Protocols at all times.
  • Assists clients using a holistic approach focused on healing, rebuilding, and attending to practical needs
  • Provides appropriate professional understanding and intervention in response to emotional, behavioural, physical, and cultural needs of clients.
  • Utilizes effective conflict resolution skills.
  • Maintains confidentiality of residents while exercising good judgement and discretion in dealing with confidential information.
  • Completes all necessary documentation, including written records/reports, case notes and checklists
  • Provide guidance to clients in relation to mental, emotional, physical, and cultural supports
  • Performs other organizational duties as assigned
  • Maintain security and safety of house
Team Support and Development
  • Contribute to the orientation and training of new staff, students, and volunteers.
  • Participate in informal and formal team meetings to review and discuss cases, secure, and offer advice concerning clients and provide input into team and operational issues.
  • Comply with the agency Health and Safety plan.
  • Comply with agency policies and procedures.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by management. 
  • At minimum, a post-secondary diploma in social services or a related field
  • Experience in residential setting is considered an asset
  • Knowledge of the impact of the incarceration of Indigenous women
  • In depth knowledge of Indigenous, history, culture, and traditions along with an understanding of the barriers facing Indigenous peoples.
  • Valid Level I First Aid Certificate
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Experience providing individual and group support
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as an effective team member.
  • Understanding and delivery of trauma informed, anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices.
  • Ability to deal effectively with conflict and crisis.
  • Previous work experience in a social service environment as a volunteer or in a support capacity may replace formal education requirements for some occupations in this unit group.
Desirable Knowledge
  • Knowledge about trauma, factors leading to incarceration for Indigenous women
  • An understanding of Indigenous issues, advocacy and/or donor environment around Indigenous women’s rights.

We strongly urge Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) individuals to apply and self-identify.

Please send your cover letter and resume to Patti Pettigrew

Please subject email: Overnight Support Staff

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Chii Miigwetch


TWHLS is a community-driven initiative raised out of concern and recognition of the urgent need to break the cycle of Indigenous women’s over-representation in Canada’s prisons. Indigenous-led, we provide trauma-informed, culturally appropriate services for First Nation (Status and Non-Status), Inuit, and Metis 2SLGBTQIA+ women exiting the justice system.

Our Mission

Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society will promote and provide services for First Nation (Status and Non-Status), Inuit, and Metis 2SLGBTQIA+ Women to focus on their journey to wholeness and balance.

Our Vision

To provide First Nation (Status and Non-Status), Inuit, and Metis 2SLGBTQIA+ women a place in the Greater Toronto Area to heal and reclaim positive cultural identity, rehabilitation, and wellness.

Our Mandate

To establish a Healing Lodge for First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Inuit, and Metis 2SLGBTQIA+ women who have come into conflict with the law, and for those who have survived intergenerational trauma. To provide cultural support, traditional knowledge, and resources, for the advancement of wholeness and balance. To empower First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Inuit, and Metis 2SLGBTQIA+ Women to take their honoured place within their community and culture.