Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society (TWHLS)
Position: Outreach Worker
Shift: 37.5 hours/week, full-time
Closing Date: Aug 12, 2022


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.

To this end, TWHLS focuses on:

  • Restoring Identities
  • Providing Housing
  • Creating Opportunities


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 are in 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.





The Outreach Worker will provide culturally competent service to Indigenous women who have experienced violence, incarceration, and shelter insecurity. This position is a full-time position. The Outreach Worker will represent Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society by demonstrating the qualities of the Seven Grandfather Teachings: Respect, Honesty, Truth, Humility, Courage Wisdom, and Love.


  • Practice strict COVID-19 protocols at all times.
  • Provide safe and reliable transportation services supporting activities of TWHLS
  • Coordinate volunteers to support outreach activities, under the supervision of the Outreach Supervisor
  • Assembles and coordinates delivery of outreach activities
  • Assists clients using a comprehensive approach focused on healing, rebuilding, and attending to practical needs.
  • Provide outreach services, for at-risk individuals who need assistance with transportation to appointments, food security, rent subsidy, hotel accommodation during illness, supplying PPE, arrange for cleaning services etc.
  • 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 clients/ residents while exercising good judgement and discretion in dealing with confidential information.
  • Completes all necessary documentation, including written records/reports and provides statistics as requested.
  • Performs other organizational duties as assigned.


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 other 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.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by management.



  • Related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • In depth knowledge of Indigenous, history, culture, and traditions along with an understanding of the barriers facing Indigenous peoples.
  • Valid Driver’s License, clear driving abstract is an asset.
  • 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.
  • Ability to deal effectively with conflict and crisis.


Thunder Woman Healing Lodge is committed to the development of an organization that reflects the Indigenous values and teachings.

If you meet all the above qualifications and can demonstrate this in your cover letter and resume, please apply by submitting one PDF document to Patti Pettigrew by August 12, 2022.

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