Working at Tikinagan
Tikinagan Child and Family Services is an Aboriginal agency serving Nishnawbe Aski Nation First Nations in the area north of Sioux Lookout. It was created by the Chiefs of this area to provide child protection services that are sensitive to the unique needs of Aboriginal children and families, First Nations culture and traditions, and the concept of the extended family.
We value our employees’ education, skills and most importantly their cultural awareness and respect for our service model, Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin. Employment opportunities at Tikinagan are vast. There are opportunities to work directly with children and families, in what we call frontline work, or to work “behind the scenes” in areas such as management, administrative support, information technology, data entry, finance or human resources. Our opportunities are full-time or casual and often are great stepping stones to a very fulfilling career.
Below we have some information on our training and development, as well as the communities we serve. We encourage you to check out the current job opportunities.
At any time, you are always welcome to call our Human Resources department in the Sioux Lookout office (65 King Street) to ask about opportunities or for assistance on applying.
Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT.
Tel: (807) 737-3466 ext 2001 or 1-800-465-3624
Training and Development
We offer our staff unique and specialized training, ongoing support, a team approach, and networking with other community partners to make a real impact.
Given the sensitive and serious nature of our work, a major focus for Tikinagan is the development and training of our staff.
Tikinagan employees are supported and encouraged to develop themselves professionally. We regularly offer practical training sessions to support this goal. For example, in previous years we've offered courses in First Aid with CPR, Critical Decision Making in Child Protection Work, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. Such sessions impart new skills and give our staff more confidence in their work.
Tikinagan provides a Child Welfare Professional Training Series to ensure family service workers and supervisors have a high level of knowledge and skills. The training concludes with an open book competency test to help workers know how to solve problems they encounter daily. Tikinagan is the only child care agency in Ontario that uses this test to certify its workers.
Tikinagan is working to develop training modules and tests to certify other staff positions as well. We encourage all of our staff to develop themselves to their full potential in order to provide the highest quality service to our clients.
The Communities We Serve
We serve 30 First Nation communities in a region in northwestern Ontario. We also provide services to the towns of Savant Lake, Pickle Lake and Allanwater. Additionally, we provide child and family services to families from our First Nation communities who are residing in Dryden, Ear Falls, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Ignace and Kenora.
Please click here to view information about the communities we serve.
We have more than 30 offices throughout our region. While we have many opportunities in city/town based locations, we also have many community-based positions in the First Nation communities. Our formal head office is located in Sandy Lake First Nation. The administrative office is based in Sioux Lookout, because it is a major transportation centre for the Tikinagan communities. The agency continues to increase the numbers of community-based staff in order to provide more responsive services at the local level.
We encourage applicants who are looking to relocate to our region and work for Tikinagan to research our agency, Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin and the communities you would be serving.