Oct 20, 2022

Indigenous Youth Case Worker – Full Time

  • Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre
  • $48,000 - $52,000 yearly
Full time Family and Social Services Youth Services Community Services

Job Description


Is working with youth your passion? Do you get excited when helping youth turn their lives around? Do you understand youth justice systems and thrive when creating new ways to work with them? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this role could be for you.

Wabano has been operating for over 20 years in the Nation’s Capital, and since our inception, we have made youth programming a focus. We now have a bundle of culturally rich programs for Indigenous youth. These programs include afterschool support, cultural experiences for students, outreach to schools, support for youth in conflict with the law and on-the-land camps… just to name a few.

Wabano is now looking for two dynamic individuals to work with Indigenous youth who have come into conflict with the law, connecting them to a caring network of support to help transform their lives.

The Role

There is an over-representation of Indigenous youth in the justice system, Wabano’s Youth Case Managers help change this reality. They support Indigenous youth who are in or have come from detention centres, or who have been charged by police for inappropriate behaviour(s). The Youth Case Managers work closely with these youth to co-create care plans, re-connect them to culture and advocate for them within the system.


  • Minimum 2 years experience with working with Indigenous youth and their families;
  • Experience with working with youth who have come into conflict with the law;
  • Experience in creating and implementing care plans with clients;
  • A relevant post-secondary diploma (for example: Social work, Indigenous studies);
  • Knowledge of Ottawa social services;
  • Previous established working relationships with local social service agencies;
  • Experience with Indigenous communities, cultures, traditions and/or community practices.
  • Experience with on-the-land camps and/or activities;
  • Knowledge of traditional teachings and/or Indigenous languages.

Beyond qualifications, we are looking for an individual that is inspired by the work of Indigenous grassroots initiatives and is motivated by finding fun, interactive ways to merge culture into youth activities.

Other Job Requirements

  • Clear criminal reference check to work with vulnerable population.
  • Case Managers maintain not only their own work/life balance, but are also responsive to client needs and partner/funder requirements (i.e. court appearances, committee meetings etc.). As such the working schedule of Case Managers fluctuates week to week.

Generally, however, Case Managers can expect to work:

  • Two days per week 9am-5:30pm
  • Three evenings per week 11am – 7:30pm
  • One Saturday per month (schedule would be revised accordingly)

Salary Range

$48,000-$52,000 per year + Benefits

Why Work at Wabano

Wabano has worked hard to be accredited; meaning we have ways of doing things (established policies and procedures) that make for a great working environment.

Our staff team:

  • Comes to work each day in a stunning building with Indigenous art and architecture all around
  • Is given 4 weeks’ vacation every year
  • Has a pension plan, which means that you can start saving for retirement with Wabano’s help
  • Has free health benefits. This includes things like massage, dentist, chiropractor, eyeglasses, and more.
  • Has access to an employee assistance program. This means that there are therapists and other professionals (like lawyers) ready to help you 24-7.
  • Meets cool people. Wabano is known for our stellar cultural workshops and symposiums that host guests of all kinds: Elders, traditional knowledge keepers, celebrities, musicians. Staff have access to all of them and often to additional employee-specific training.
  • Is a multidisciplinary team. We have seniors’ workers, housing workers, doctors, nurses, therapists… so you are not supporting clients on your own. We can provide clients a compete circle of care right on site.

Wabano is a place where people grow their careers. Why not let Wabano be part of your unique career development?

Application Details

The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to candidates of Indigenous ancestry. So, please indicate in your cover letter if you are First Nations, Inuit &/or Metis.

 Wabano is an inclusive and equitable organization, encouraging applications from qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. Wabano is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity or interviewing, please advise if you require accommodation.

Please submit your application to jobs@wabano.com. Application materials include a cover letter and resume. This opportunity will remain open until filled.