Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society (TWHLS)
Position: Indigenous Intake Coordinator
Shift: 37.5 hours/week, full-time

TWHLS is looking for a candidate who is up for the challenge of a rapidly growing Indigenous organization. The right candidate will be an excellent collaborator while also comfortable working independently. Must have strong organizational skills and be able to multi-task.

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 Indigenous Intake Coordinator will provide culturally competent service to Indigenous women who have experienced violence, incarceration, and shelter insecurity. This position is a full-time position. The Indigenous Intake Coordinator 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.
  •                      Conduct intakes and lead referral process from community organizations and correctional facilities.
  •                      Collaborate with support staff and external resources in support of wrap around services that are culturally informed, trauma informed, and client centered.
  •                      Ensure clients are provided with appropriate transportation from community/correctional facilities into the Lodge.
  •                      Gather necessary information and participate in case conferencing as required.
  •                      Assist clients in supporting their legal matters, i.e., court dates, communicating with their lawyers, contact with Gladue workers, etc.
  •                      Assist clients with appointment coordination or support to appointments, if necessary.
  •                      Maintain and encourage ongoing networking with health and social community services.
  •                      Inform and assist clients in their knowledge of legal resources.
  •                      Maintain ongoing case documentation.
  • Support intake and various program facilitation needs.

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.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or College Diploma in a related field (Social Work, Child and Youth Work, Social Services) or relevant mix of education and lived experience.
  • In depth knowledge of Indigenous, history, culture, and traditions along with an understanding of the barriers facing Indigenous peoples.
  • Valid Class “G” Driver’s License, clear driving abstract is mandatory.
  • Valid Level I First Aid Certificate or intent to obtain once employed.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • 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.
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