The Indian Friendship Centre in Sault Ste. Marie (IFCSSM)

Employment Opportunity Indigenous Combined Court Worker

Employed by the IFCSSM, the Combined Courtworker is responsible for adherence to the policies and directions as determined by the Board of Directors of the Friendship Centre under the supervision of the Executive Director.


The goal of the Indigenous Combined Courtwork Program is to assist Indigenous people involved in the Canadian Justice System to better understand their rights, options and responsibilities when appearing before the courts.  This would include adults charged under the Criminal Code of Canada, Youth court (12-17 years), child protection and family court matters.


The Indigenous Combined Court Worker is responsible for the coordinated services to meet the needs of the community within the mandate of the Courtwork Program.


  • Post-secondary education in Social Services/Law and Security
  • Past experience in statistical, quarterly and annual reports
  • Past experience working with Indigenous people
  • Knowledge of the judicial system, and relevant legislation, and the Child and Family Services Act.
  • Ability to speak Ojibway is a definite asset.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous values, traditions and practices.
  • Excellent communication and public relations skills
  • Knowledge of community agencies and referral sources
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Ability to work as a team member and also with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of computer programs
  • Must provide a vulnerable sector criminal reference check
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • A clean and current Vulnerable Persons Check will be required upon offer of employment


  • To assist Indigenous persons who come into conflict with the law
  • To provide consistent and ongoing attendance in advance of and during criminal court
  • Ensure that the client receives unbiased treatment from the legal system.
  • To act as liaison between the client and court administrators in assisting the Indigenous person who comes into contact with the law, to ensure information is brought forward relevant to the various stages of the legal process.
  • To explain to clients their right to obtain a lawyer (private, legal aid, or duty counsel) or to inform them of their right to speak for themselves in court, understanding they have a right to prepare a full defense/case.
  • To ensure the clients understands the charge(s)/matters before the court and that they understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to their matters. This includes criminal matters for adult and youth as well as child protection/family matters.
  • To advocate for the client/court in locating Indigenous cultural and/or language interpreters if the client requires or requests one.
  • To be knowledgeable of and to work with community agencies and referral sources. To collaborate with such agencies and services in effort to assist the client(s) and to provide client directed services.
  • To visit the local/district jails, or detention centers or any other institutions to provide moral support and pertinent information to the accused as necessary.
  • To provide equal services and treatment to clients
  • To assist victims of offences, to understand their rights and responsibilities and to refer them to appropriate supportive services if not in conflict with the accused person. When conflict arises, the Courtworker shall refer the client to another community resource or Friendship Centre program.
  • To work with Friendship Centre programs to promote a coordinated client directed and service approach to ensure client needs are being addressed.

DEADLINE:  Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at noon.

Please submit your resume along with a cover letter and three references to: 

We wish to thank all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Miigwetch/Thank you