Youth Cultural Intervention Worker (YCIW)

Youth Cultural Intervention Worker (YCIW)

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Author pmnationtalk
Date May 25, 2021
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)
Location Thunder Bay, ON
Category Community Services
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
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Specific Title: Youth Cultural Intervention Worker (YCIW)
Program: Community Services
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Created on: May 5, 2021
Revised on: May 5, 2021
Band: 3


The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not-for-profit organization that empowers and supports Indigenous women and their families in the province of Ontario. ONWA encourages the participation of Indigenous women in the development of Federal, Provincial, Municipal/ Local government policies that impact their lives and ensure issues affecting Indigenous women and their families are heard at key government tables.

ONWA is committed to providing services that strengthen communities and guarantees the preservation of Indigenous culture, identity, art, language, and heritage. Ending violence against Indigenous women and their families and ensuring equal access to justice, education, health, environmental stewardship, and economic development, sits at the cornerstone of the organization. ONWA insists on social and cultural well-being for all Indigenous women and their families, so that all women, regardless of tribal heritage may live their best lives.


The Youth Cultural Intervention Worker is responsible to support youth one-on-one to provide immediate response to youth involved with or transitioning out of justice systems. The Youth Cultural Intervention Worker will service the Thunder Bay Region to ensure that Indigenous youth build capacity, connection, identity, and self-esteem to reinforce safety, stabilization, and positive outcomes through land-based practices and Indigenous culture.

The Youth Cultural Intervention Worker will work with youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are involved with the justice system, police, probation, and parole systems. The Youth Cultural Intervention Worker will meet with youth through person-to-person, voice-to-voice, email, social media, and other interactions which may occur in the community or neighborhood locations.


  • Minimum college diploma in Social Services, minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in social services.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in the justice systems sector.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous culture, ceremony, cultural programming, and traditions
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills and an ability to follow through on assigned duties independently with strict deadlines.
  • Ability to plan, organize and manage time effectively.
  • Highly motivated individual with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Capacity to solve problems and to see different perspectives.
  • Knowledge of and connection to service agencies in the location of service delivery
  • Ability to network with other community agencies, services, and organizations.
  • Knowledge and working of Not-For Profit Organizations.
  • Excellent written and oral communications, with emphasis on keen listening and ability to effectively interpret verbal communications and needs of prospective Community Members.
  • Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction and be able to improve performance through management feedback.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office; competency working with other databases.
  • Experience working with Indigenous Peoples, knowledge of Indigenous cultures and traditions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current issues facing Indigenous Women and their families.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office Software, internet, and general office equipment.
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
  • Valid G Class Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance.
  • Current valid vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • A cellular phone and internet access is required within this position.
  • Must be willing and able to work a flexible working from home arrangement if required. This may include a combination of virtual remote work in your home and in office arrangements. This will be based on operational needs and will be determined by the ONWA.
  • Ability/willingness to travel and to work flexible hours.


  • Inter-cultural Competency Informed – Understands to incorporate a personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness, and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work-related deliverables.
  • Indigenous Gender-Based Analysis Informed – Understands to incorporate an intersectional approach to gender, race and discrimination and subsequent intergenerational impacts affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Trauma-Based Practice Informed – Understands to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to recognize and respond to all forms of trauma and the necessity of supporting Indigenous women in a culture of tradition and safety in her healing journey.
  • She is Wise Leadership Informed – Understands to incorporate the Four Agreements within daily responsibilities and combined with ONWA’s cultural teachings contribute to the empowerment and leadership of Indigenous women within their communities.


  1. The Youth Cultural Intervention Worker will work one-on-one with at-risk youth to provide immediate response to youth involved with or transitioning out of justice systems by providing immediate crisis response and stabilization and access to all supports required.
  2. Provide ongoing intensive case management which will consist of connecting to youth to specialized counselling services, cultural programming, ceremony, support through system navigation, advocacy, and services.
  3. Support youth to connect to existing supports and resources within their communities including, housing supports, education resources, employment services and training, life skills training (e.g., financial management, household management), health and mental health services, and legal services.
  4. Developing collaborative partnerships with external support services and with local community agencies to both inform them of the Youth Cultural Intervention Worker program and become aware of the services available in the community to refer Community Members. Specifically, the Youth Cultural Intervention Worker will need to work closely with their local justice services and programs to ensure that youth know about the YCIW program, and to establish a formalized referral process.
  5. Supporting youth to connect to traditional healing and ceremony, cultural teachings, land-based therapy, and Indigenous mental health and wellness aftercare programming that are tailored to identified needs and plan of care.
  6. Incorporate the traditional Indigenous culture into all programming and services provided to the youth.
  7. Ensure that program eligibility criteria are met.
  8. Assist at-risk youth to achieve the goals they have set for themselves through the program.
  9. Facilitate access for at-risk youth to provide immediate response to youth leaving justice to existing supports and resources in the community, by providing information and referrals for individual youth that address individual needs and support/reinforce strengths. Some of the resources and supports may include:
  • Housing supports.
  • Education resources
  • Employment services and training.
  • Life Skills training (e.g., financial management, household management).
  • Health and mental health services; and
  • Legal services.
  1. Support at-risk youth to provide responsible, caring role models in the community to help with the transition to adulthood.
  2. Foster communication and linkages with community agencies/ organizations to improve access and mitigate barriers to services for youth leaving care.
  3. Work with justice systems to develop a referral approach, and to create awareness of the program among youth leaving justice systems.
  4. Facilitate workshops on healthy living, self-esteem, cultural identity, and other related topics. Services will be:
    • Reflective of and responsive to individual needs.
    • Culturally appropriate.
    • Accountable to the individual and community.
    • Sensitive to the social, linguistic, and cultural diversity of youth.
  • Staffed by individuals with the appropriate range of skills and abilities necessary to respond effectively to the needs of youth.
  • Based on the individual’s assessed needs and preferences, and available individual, agency, community, and contracted Ministry resources.
  1. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Complete monthly reports and submit to Manager on or before requested due date.
  2. Complete quarterly reports on or before the requested due date.
  3. Complete reports to funders as required.
  4. Complete and attend supervisions with Manager on a regular basis.
  5. Other reports or admin as assigned.


  1. Promote the program within the community.
  2. To adhere to professionalism in representing the organization at all times and maintain good communication.


  1. Adhere to the Policies and Procedures as set by the ONWA.
  2. Representation on committees as required for the enhancement and benefits of ONWA’s programs.
  3. To network and promote ONWA and all ONWA related programs.
  4. Maintain good communication.
  5. Always maintain professionalism.
  6. The completion of functions outlined in the description and the achievement of goals set to a high level.
  7. Attendance and conduct at work according to the requirements of the Association’s Personnel Policy.
  8. Adherence to the Code of Ethics, and positive relationship building.


To execute the functions outlined in this job description.


The Youth Cultural Intervention Worker will be directly accountable to the Branch Manager for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.

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