top of page

Relief Staff-female

Minwaashin Lodge

August 4, 2023

Minwaashin Lodge 2323 St. Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON
K1G 4J8


JOB POSTING Relief Staff-female

(Relying of provisions of Section 23 of the Ontario Human Rights Code)

Position reports to:      Shelter Director, Oshki Kizis Lodge Oshki Kizis Lodge

Location:                           Oshki Kizis Lodge
Work Conditions:           Med-High Risk

Start Date:                         Immediatley 

Closing date:                    Open

Under Accessibility of Ontario and Disability Act (AODA), Minwaashin is committed to fostering an

equitable, accessible, and inclusive workplace.

Position Summary:

Minwaashin Lodge - Indigenous Women’s Support Centre is a non-profit charitable agency serving First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women, youth and children. We are a multi-service agency committed to the healing and wellness of our community.

The Residential Support Worker will support the Assistant to the Shelter Director. This position is under the supervision of the Shelter Director-Oshki Kizis Lodge. The Residential Support Workers are responsible for providing culturally appropriate, safe space for women and children within a Violence Against Women specific shelter and the efficient operation of a 24-hour crisis line.


  •  Responding to the Crisis Line and providing support and crisis intervention to callers that is timely and appropriate

  • Will be responsible for additional administrative duties.

  • Supporting women and children in acquiring safe accommodations

  • Create and maintain a safe, welcoming environment for mothers and children

  • Create and maintain an environment that provides for the emotional and practicalsupport to women and children who have experienced violence in their lives

  • Responding appropriately to crisis following policies and procedure andcompletion of follow-up

  • Providing intake and assessment for women who require safe housing

  • Supporting women in finding alternate housing when Oshki Kizis is full

  • Monitoring house security systems, and controlled access to the house

  • Supporting residents in communal living expectations / requirements

  • Assisting in the implementation of programs and services that honors cultural andindividual needs, promotes safety and healing from the effects of violence

  • Seek new ways of improving Oshki Kizis Lodge programs and services based onfeedback from residents and / or co-workers, innovations in the field, and inputfrom other agencies or training programs

  • Appropriate, accurate and professional sharing of information through shiftexchange and daily logging.


  • Minimum – Post Secondary School Graduation

  • Experience working in a women’s shelter

  • A working knowledge of traditional Indigenous healing practices

  • Knowledge of the direct and intergenerational impacts of oppression, colonizationand residential school abuse

  • A cultural and gender analysis of the effects of violence against women and theimpact on their children

  • Knowledge of the affects of trauma

  • A commitment to working in an environment that recognizes the diverse needsand gifts of women and children

  • Ability to actively listen, be empathetic and the ability to empower and supportwomen

  • A commitment to working in a fast paced, time- sensitive, and confidentialenvironment

  • Must be energetic, creative, resourceful and committed to working as a teammember

  • A commitment to working in an environment that is non-violent, anti-racist, anti-oppressive and values all women.

Employer Preference:

  • Indigenous descent preferred 

Employer Requirements:

  •  Current Criminal Records Check

  • First Aid/CPR

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent computer and spreadsheet skills

Salary: 21.62 per hour 22.60 

To Apply: Send cover letter, a complete resume with 3 references to – Kate Holden-Human Resources - Minwaashin Lodge, 2323 St. Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1G 4J8 or email to:

We thank all those who apply, but due to the number of applications we receive, we are able to contact only those being considered for an interview.

bottom of page