Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society (TWHLS)
Position: Overnight Support Staff (Two Positions)
Shift: 36 hours/week, full-time


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 Overnight
Support Staff will provide overnight support and services
to women at the Lodge. This position is a full-time position. The Overnight Support Staff will represent Thunder
Woman Healing Lodge Society by demonstrating the qualities of the Seven
Grandfather Teachings: Respect, Honesty, Truth,
Humility, Courage Wisdom and Love.


·        Always practice strict COVID-19 Protocols.

·        Assist clients using a holistic approach focused on healing, rebuilding, and attending to practical

·        Provide appropriate professional understanding and intervention in response to emotional,
behavioural, physical, and cultural needs of clients.

·       Utilize effective conflict resolution skills.

·        Maintain confidentiality of residents while exercising good judgement and discretion in dealing
with confidential information.

·        Complete all necessary documentation, including written records/reports, case notes and checklists

·        Provide guidance to clients in relation to mental, emotional, physical, and cultural supports

·        Perform 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. 

·        Must be able to have flexibility of hours and availability 

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.

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