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The Hamilton Regional Indian Centre is currently accepting applications for the position of

Youth Wellness Worker.

The Hamilton Regional Indian Centre (HRIC) is a large Indigenous not for profit organization. We are culturally based and community focused, and committed to driving positive change for the community. As a staff member of HRIC you will have opportunity for professional growth, access to Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers, and a generous benefit package. We strive to uphold pre-colonial management and policy structure, while being supportive and maintaining a positive work atmosphere. The HRIC is in compliance with Ontario Pay Equity legislation.

The Youth Wellness Worker under the direction of the Executive Director, is responsible to work in collaboration with the Youth Wellness Centre providing support to at risk youth age 16-24 years old around mental health and wellbeing. The successful candidate will have a good working knowledge of resources and supports for youth.

Job Requirements:


  • Social Service Worker, Indigenous Studies or other closely related field or a combination of 2 years education and experience with a focus on mental health, which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities as determined by the employer;
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in providing mental health supports
  • Experience providing support services in a community organization is desirable and/or experience with indigenous peoples;
  • Knowledge and experience in working from a youth centred approach regarding engagement, problem solving and community outreach;
  • Awareness of Indigenous culture and history, with particular emphasis on the impacts of trauma;
  • Ability to deliver programming from a cultural context to promote growth as the foundation for health and healing;
  • Clear understanding of various treatment options, prescribed/traditional medicines, and cultural practices encompassing a balanced lifestyle;
  • Provide support and advocacy in identified gaps, barriers and accessing services;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous and non-Indigenous community services and supports;
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in the areas of negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and problem solving;
  • Demonstrates cultural competency including awareness, knowledge and empathy;
  • Skill in establishing trusting relationships;
  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention training;
  • Ability to use initiative and work independently;
  • High flexibility with strong interpersonal skills that allow one to work effectively in a diverse environment and to collaborate within a group setting and with community partners;
  • Intermediate computer literacy skills including Microsoft office suite and databases;
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record;
  • Must have or obtain, within 30 days of hiring date, a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) CPIC as a condition of the employment offer

SALARY: $46,904.00/ per annum

HRIC is a highly flexible organization offering additional compensation including 5 paid cultural days, 4 paid holidays beyond mandatory Employment Standards, paid shutdown over the winter holiday week, and health benefits. HRIC health benefits are offered to full time permanent employees, employees will be able to enroll upon the successful completion of their (3) three- month probationary period.

HRIC is committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in concert with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the recruitment process.

HRIC strives to ensure that its employment practices are free from direct and indirect discrimination and is committed to upholding the human rights of those participating in the hiring process. In pursuit of this commitment, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre will not condone or tolerate any acts of discrimination or harassment under any of the grounds protected under human rights legislation. This commitment extends to the hiring process and throughout the course of employment.

Since this position is engaged primarily in serving the interests of Indigenous people, HRIC shall give preference to Indigenous people who possess the requisite skill sets and experience.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, 3 references to or in an envelope marked


Human Resources Hamilton Regional Indian Centre

34 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton, Ontario L8H 3Y7 FAX: 905-548-0024