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Examples of Support

  • Unique health services organization
  • Supportive management team and collaborative work environment
  • Family Culture
  • Innovative environment
  • Learn by working alongside our SMEs
  • Enriched job fulfilment
  • We offer a competitive compensation package, and exceptional opportunities for career growth
  • HOOPP Pension Plan with company contributions

Position Description

Reporting to the Justice Program Manager, the Social Cultural Wellness Worker shall deliver culturally safe, trauma informed, clinical case management mental health and addictions services within correctional facilities in Ontario. This position includes counselling with individuals and therapeutic groups, linking individuals to appropriate services and maintaining accurate client records. This program does group programming within correctional settings. This program will include the development and delivery of strength-based programming, and aftercare through relationship building with local service providers to be able to assist and support individuals in making a greater positive impact within the community. The Social and Cultural Wellness Worker will work to help deliver and improve the services offered to the relevant communities.

Position Title:                Social and Cultural Wellness Worker       

Department:                  Community Health and Cultural Services

Term:                              Full time

Salary:                            $ 55,000-$65,000 Per Annum

Location:                        Kenora, Ontario

Reports to:                    Justice Program Manager

Duties and Responsibilities:

In Custody work

  • Provide one on one counselling, information, and guidance to clients with regard to mental health and addictions within the Kenora District Jail.
  • Provide counseling to clients on specific ways to recognize and control problem behaviours, and information, education, and support to clients to manage their own behaviour.
  • Provide group programming at the Kenora District Jail with a focus on Mental Health and Addictions, using traditional teachings and the Seven Grandfather teachings as a guide.
  • Monitor clients’ mental status and behavior for decline and take appropriate action.
  • If requested by client, facilitate traditional healing services.  Note: This could be an alternative to, or in conjunction with contemporary methods.
  • Coordinate and facilitate individual and/or group counselling to clients. This could include sharing circles, therapeutic debriefing sessions, etc.
  • Participate in inter-disciplinary case conferences.
  • Keep accurate, timely client contact records in accordance with program requirements.
  • All data entry to PS Suites should be completed on a weekly basis.
  • Alert the Program Manager and/or Director of Services on all critical cases and situations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Post Custody Work

  • Facilitate linkages to needed services within the broader service community for example: treatment centers, safety/stabilization beds.
  • Develop networks and partnerships with community resources.
  • Encourage and support clients in building their own social lives, independence, and support systems to reduce dependency on the Wellness Worker.
  • Advocate for client and coordinate case management meetings with relevant partners.
  • Facilitate access to Anishinaabe knowledge, traditions and cultural beliefs in the healing process (if appropriate).
  • Provide group programming with a focus on Mental Health and Addictions, using traditional teachings and the Seven Grandfather teachings as a guide

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Maintain statistics required by the Ministry and the Program with regard to qualitative and quantitative aspects of the Program.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of service with respect to its effectiveness in meeting the community needs and achieving our mandate.


  • University degree or college diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution (Psychology, Social Work or other relevant field).
  • Excellent skills in the following areas: computer, organization, networking, interpersonal, time management presentation and communication (written and oral).
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Experience in counselling adults in all areas of mental health and addictions.
  • Experience working in correctional or justice setting.
  • Must be comfortable working in an institutional setting.
  • Ability to deal with crisis and post-crisis situations.
  • Experience working with and knowledge of Indian Residential School survivors.
  • Experience with PS Suites considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of the Anishinaabe culture and language and experience in working in an Indigenous community or organization considered an asset.

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle.
  • Must be willing to travel when required.
  • Vulnerable Sector Criminal Records Search.

We are looking to grow our teams with people who share our energy and enthusiasm for creating the best experience for our clients and within KCA.  Discover What’s Possible!

Please forward resume cover letter and three references  to

                                                        Human Resource Department

Kenora Chiefs Advisory

P.O. Box 349 – 240 Veterans Drive, 3rd Floor

Kenora ON P9N 3X4

Fax: 807-467-2656

Email:  resume@kenorachiefs.org

**We thank all that apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

*** Traditional practices involve burning sacred medicines including tobacco, sweetgrass,

sage and cedar within the work setting

***In accordance with company policy, it is mandatory for all employees to either provide proof of their Covid vaccination or undergo Covid testing twice a week

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