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Tikinagan Child and Family Services is an Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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.


Why Work for Tikinagan?

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We offer our staff unique and specialized training, ongoing support, a team approach, and networking with other community partners to make a real impact. We value our employees’ education, skills and most importantly their cultural awareness and respect for our service model, Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin.

Benefit from our competitive compensation packages and work-life balance. Our employment packages include:

  • Paid vacation time
  • Sick days
  • Cultural & Wellbeing days
  • Healthy Living Benefit
  • Insured Benefits
  • Pension Plan

We are 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, we will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the recruitment process. We strive 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.

We encourage all of our staff to develop themselves to their full potential in order to provide the highest quality service to our clients. Our employees are supported and encouraged to develop themselves professionally. We regularly offer practical training sessions to support this goal.

We offer a Child Welfare Professional Training Series to ensure family service workers and supervisors have a high level of knowledge and skills. Tikinagan is the only child care agency in Ontario that uses this test to certify its workers. We develop training modules and tests to certify other staff positions as well.

Mandatory training programs for all employees include: Agency Orientation, OACAS Child Protection Standards & Eligibility Spectrum, Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin Service, Delivery Model, Mental Health First Aid, Standard First Aid, and LGBTQ2S.

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.

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What Do Current Employees Have to Say?

“Coming to Tikinagan, I’d never thought I would actually go back to school, let alone social work. But it’s where I’m able to go to school full-time, while keeping my job full-time. And Tikinagan is kind enough to let me do this.” — Butch M, Direct Services Supervisor-CCW, based in Sioux Lookout


“Over the past 18 years working at Tikinagan, I recognize it can be  both challenging and rewarding. For me, it’s working with families directly, and trying to find an alternative to keep a child at home, opposed to bringing a child into care.”  — William Davis, Direct Services Supervisor-FSW, based in Sioux Lookout


“The benefits for working for Tikinagan for me is being able to work out of my own community, and working with families that I know.” — Connie Thomas – Direct Services Supervisor, based in Fort Severn First Nation

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How to Apply

We ensure that our hiring process is accessible as possible. As a result, there are a few ways to apply for a job at Tikinagan:


Emailing your resume and cover letter to hr@tikinagan.org


Faxing your resume and cover letter to (807) 737-4550.


Mail your resume and cover letter to:

Tikinagan Child & Family Services
Hiring Committee
PO Box 627
Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B1

In Person

You can drop by any Tikinagan community office/unit and bring your resume/cover letter to the receptionist. Let them know you are applying for a job and ask them to fax it to Human Resources.



You are always welcome to contact our Human Resources department in the Sioux Lookout office to ask about opportunities or for assistance with applying.

Our dedicated Human Resources team is in the office Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT. Call them at (807) 737-3466 extension 2001 or toll free at 1-800-465-3624. They can also be reached by email at hr@tikinagan.org

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Committed to Health and Safety

Through our training, we ensure the health and safety of our staff, children, families and communities. We have a committed Health and Safety Committee that ensures we are following all best practices and industry standards. In addition to physical well-being, we are focused on mental well-being as well.

Inclusive and Diverse Culture

Tikinagan prides itself in being having an inclusive and diverse culture for staff and the families we serve. 96% of staff say Tikinagan service is 2SLGBTQ+inclusive, or we already do 2SLGBTQ+ inclusive practice – we treat everyone the same. We do not discriminate based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, source of income, gender identity or gender expression. We are all in this together, equally, to be effective and professional for the communities we serve.

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Work-Life Balance

We encourage a maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Our competitive compensation packages include vacation days, sick days, cultural days and opportunities for advancement.

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