Therapeutic Homefire Worker


Annual Salary Range:  $60,000 + (commensurate with education & experience)

Type: Permanent Full-Time

Details: Shiftwork @ 8-12hrs per shift, evenings and weekends

Location: Cowessess First Nation, SK & Regina, SK


Who is Chief Red Bear Children’s Lodge?

Cowessess First Nation is the first Indigenous rights holder Nation to sign a coordination agreement in Canada. Cowessess First Nation asserted jurisdiction when it comes to child welfare and family services through the implementation of the Miyo Pimatisowin Act and respected by Canada through their Bill C-92 legislation. Chief Red Bear Children’s Lodge (CRBCL), which has jurisdiction from the Miyo Pimatisowin Act, changes the approach of child and family services by providing support in a way that is rooted in traditional Indigenous values and cultural practices. Rather than the common intervention approach, CRBCL provides empowerment through a prevention approach with healing and prevention as the preferred method for ensuring children and their families are safe and growing together in a healthy way.

Position Summary

We are seeking high energy, compassionate and experienced professionals within the human services field to join our fast-paced team as Therapeutic Homefire staff to work within our Good Life and Growing Up Well (Protection) team. These individuals will work primarily in a therapeutic homefire setting that supports the needs of our clients' and their overall wellbeing. Therapeutic Homefire staff aid in the design of relevant customized treatment protocols and then execute the strategies identified therein, as needed.

The ideal candidates lead healthy lifestyles and are compassionate, reliable, goal-oriented, empathetic, passionate about advocacy and can think clearly in high pressure situations. As a front-line worker working in high stress situations, workers must be skilled communicators and able to effectively de-escalate when necessary.

Therapeutic Support Staff Responsibilities:

  • Developing trusting connections with homefire residents that foreground respect and zero judgment.
  • Working with a designated team to develop custom, evidence-based intervention strategies.
  • Tailoring these custom-made regimens if required.
  • Creating structured and emotionally supportive environments in accordance with treatment plans.
  • Facilitating the adaptive modification of unsuitable behaviors.
  • Collaborating with our homefire residents’ families, instructors, and consulting Clinicians, where needed.
  • Crafting individualized progress reports to share pertinent data with stakeholders.
  • Promoting individual and familial self-sufficiency.
  • Preserving and empowering our homefire residents’ safety and independence.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Social Work degree from an accredited university approved by the
    Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW).
  • 2 years of experience working within Family & Child services is an asset
  • Psychotherapeutic training is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Bill C-92 and the Miyo Pimatisowin Act preferred
  • Computer literate with working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, SharePoint, and Outlook) required
  • First Aid certification is preferred.

Essential Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work shift work, including evenings and weekends, within a 24/7 home.
  • Ability to read, interpret and speak on formal legislation
  • Kind and empathetic with the ability to bring people together for the best interests of children.
  • Highly skilled in time management with excellent organization skills to effectively manage competing deadlines and communicate with key contacts in a timely manner.
  • Ability to provide emotional, physical, and psychological support for families.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings/circles and lead conversations guiding families in goal setting and establishing milestones.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and create trusting relationships with children, parents, and co-workers.
  • Able to analyze and assess information quickly and effectively.
  • Able to work closely with both adults and children in a respectful and effective manner.
  • Knowledgeable in the culture and spirituality of Indigenous people relating to family practices and community, and aware of the importance of observing these elements in professional approach.
  • Patient, compassionate, and emotionally intelligent with the ability to identify and examine social cues.
  • Strong sense of self-awareness to cope with high stress levels as well as unpredictable and/or difficult situations.
  • Willing and able to travel with a valid Class 5 Drivers License and reliable vehicle.

To protect the health and safety of our people, clients and communities, we require all employees to be COVID-19 fully vaccinated. Individuals that cannot be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine due to medical reasons or another protected ground under Human Rights legislation may request an accommodation.

Additionally, the incumbent must provide a successful criminal background check with vulnerable sector search as well as be willing and able to commute to the Sacred Wolf Lodge on a regular basis, which is located on Cowessess First Nation, SK.



We are a new organization leading positive change within Cowessess First Nation, Saskatchewan, and Canada as a whole. Our employees have the opportunity to be a part of Canadian history as we work to redefine governance for First Nations. Some key benefits Chief Red Bear Children’s Lodge offers staff are:

★ Competitive salary packages

★ Extended health & dental benefits

★ Employee & Family Assistance Program

★ Team-oriented work culture

★ Training workshops focused on Indigenous practices and traditions

★ Professional development opportunities

★ Employer matched pension contributions


How to Apply

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Deadline: Job will be posted until filled


We appreciate all those who apply; however, preference will be given to those who self-identify as Indigenous and provide confirmation upon request. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.