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.

Program Facilitator Responsibilities:

  • The Program Facilitator will assume a hands-on role in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a culturally based Indigenous after-care program, for women who are currently involved or have been involved with the criminal justice system.
  • This program will offer continuation of support for our women in our residential program at Thunder Women Healing Lodge and women within our community who would like day support programming.
  • Work collaboratively with the Program Manager, Substance-Use Counsellor, and Peer Workers to develop and facilitate programming
  • The development of culturally appropriate strategies for promoting health and healing.
  • Facilitate Indigenous healing circles.
  • Connecting with and inviting traditional knowledge keepers and mainstream health and community service providers to facilitate group sessions.
  • The development of sustainable partnerships internally and in the community.
  • The development of educational and health promotion materials for the community that meet program objectives and community needs.
  • Collection, maintenance of statistics, and reporting required by the funder.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A post-secondary degree in Health Promotion or a social services field combined with 2 years related experience in program development, implementation, evaluation, and project management.
  • Knowledge, sensitivity and awareness of the history, culture, and unique needs of the urban Indigenous population.
  • Experience with working with the Indigenous community.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with a diverse clientele.
  • Creativity to develop innovative programming and to communicate complex health messages in fun and easy to understand ways.
  • Strong digital media and technological skills to coordinate and facilitate virtual programming using Zoom.
  • Self-starter with ability to be a team player.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours (some evenings and occasional weekend work).

If you meet all the above qualifications and can demonstrate this in your cover letter and resume, please apply by submitting one document to L Jennings

We thank all applicants and respectfully advise that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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