Internal/External Posting
Brampton or Oshawa, Ontario
November 24, 2021
Starting Salary:
$48,570-$55,870, per year based on experience. Salary Range Max $63,160 [2021 Rates]

All applicants are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who meet the requirements for MNO Citizenship as per the MNO Bylaws and who are in good standing.

What We Offer

As an employer, the Métis Nation of Ontario offers a collaborative work environment with competitive salary, comprehensive employer-paid health benefits, a pension plan, 10 days’ vacation to start, annual paid two-week holiday closure in December-January, 16 paid public and employer holidays, early closures on long weekends, and 15 paid health & wellness days (sick leave).

The Role

The Restorative Justice (RJ) Specialist, Indigenous Justice Program, reports to the Manager of Mental Health & Addictions.  The specialist/Advisor oversees the MNO’s Justice Circle Program (the Program and volunteers) in locations throughout Ontario, however, servicing particularly in the regions of Brampton, Newmarket and Oshawa Court house regions. The Specialist/Advisor works with court staff and other partners providing Aboriginal legal services to receive referrals, provide information to queries about the criteria for the program, vet candidates for justice circle participation, facilitate the justice circles and develop and ensure the client follows through with the recommendations to ultimately report back to the justice parties involved the status of the client’s progress with the goal of providing an alternative resolution vs. the traditional trajectory in the Criminal Justice System. The Specialist/Advisor assists Indigenous, including Métis, accused (12+ yrs) with securing legal counsel, attends court on occasion, present testimonial in – the form of written report or verbal before the Court –  on behalf of client involvement in the program, responsible for collaborating with clients to develop a reasonable restorative justice plan in response to summary offences, assists with bail hearings, makes referrals and coordinating justice circles – including volunteer recruitment and RJ training. Additionally, the Advisor is responsible for liaising with Crown Attorneys, defense counsel and other partner organizations. The Justice Specialist/ Advisor also reports back to the Ministry of Attorney General regarding gaps and needs of Métis in conflict with the law, recommends, develops and implements Province-wide initiatives relevant to MNO’s work in ensuring Indigenous, particularly Métis, are provided access to justice and restoration plans that are culturally relevant to Indigenous, including Métis, in conflict with the criminal justice system.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work directly with youth and adult Indigenous persons who have been accused of committing a summary offence under the Provincial Court of Law.
  • Assist with the development and documentation of the province-wide MNO Justice Circle Program, including intake and a process to track progress of accused through restoration plans
  • Develop a communication strategy, including education and awareness-building materials, required to support and market the Justice Circle Program, and to encourage self-identification of Metis accused who would benefit from the Justice Circle Program
  • Actively identify prospective clients in the courthouse setting and through other contacts
  • Recruit and develop a roster of community members and volunteers who are available to participate in Justice Circles throughout Ontario
  • Develop Restorative Justice training programming for Volunteer community members
  • Build awareness about the Justice Circle Program internally with MNO client-service staff by actively networking and connecting with existing clients
  • Build awareness about the Justice Circle Program with regional Métis Community Councils throughout Ontario, court workers at Aboriginal Legal Services, and other relevant community partners
  • Develop strategic collaborative partnerships at the courthouses and within the community with court workers, legal counsel, Crown Attorneys and other partner organizations throughout Ontario. This includes sitting at the Human Justice Services Coordinating Committee in the Toronto Region.
  • Conduct outreach via attending meetings, hosting presentations, hosting gatherings, and public information sessions and events
  • Organize and deliver Justice Circles in the Brampton, Oshawa and Newmarkert regions, in addition to having a consultative role on other such matters throughout Ontario
  • Maintain accurate records and reports on accused’s progress on restoration plans in accordance to PHIPPA standards as well as adherence to records management of Youth involved in the Criminal Justice System (YJS Protocols)
  • Conduct program evaluation activities
  • Maintain accurate records on spending and accounting for the program
  • Manage program budgets and produce bi-weekly financial and activity reports
  • Implement annual project work plans and activity reports
  • Other reasonable duties as may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

  • Completion of post-secondary education in Legal Studies, Social Work or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Registration with a provincial governing body (for certain roles)
  • Working knowledge of the Criminal Justice system for and dynamics involved for Indigenous adults and youth and relevant community partners involved with these populations
  • Knowledge of the legal system and programs and services available to Indigenous throughout Ontario
  • Knowledge of justice related resources to assist clients and the community to navigate legal information and resources throughout Ontario
  • High degree of technology literacy and proficiency in standard office equipment including Outlook, Word, Excel, Adobe and other software
  • Highly proficient in electronic client records management (OHATS)
  • Knowledge of FIPPA, PHIPPA and PIPEDA legislation
  • Advanced interpersonal communication skills
  • Superior organization skills and time/priority-management
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workflow when faced with various conflicting priorities
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Ability to work alone/independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Must be able to successfully complete and maintain a clear Criminal Record Check
  • Ability to work extended hours or on weekends as required
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Willingness and ability to travel, at times, with overnight stays in other communities


  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in providing direct justice services to clients in an Indigenous, preferably Métis, setting
  • Experience and knowledge of Indigenous issues, specifically as it relates to Métis people, and the current legal system, is an asset
  • Experience dealing with confidential information
  • Experience working in coordinating and delivering programs and/or services
  • Extensive experience in report writing

Who We Are

In 1993, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) was established through the will of Métis people and Métis communities coming together throughout Ontario to create a Métis-specific governance structure and vision, encapsulated in the Statement of Prime Purpose. Today, the Métis Nation of Ontario represents over 25,000 Métis citizens.

The MNO delivers programs and services to its citizens through these branches: Healing and Wellness; Education and Training; Housing; Lands, Resources and Consultation; Intergovernmental and Community Relations; Self-Government and Registry. Through these various branches, the MNO maintains 30+ offices and community spaces across the province, administers over $50 million annually, and employs about 350 staff across the province.

AODA Statement

The Métis Nation of Ontario commits to providing accommodation as required by the Ontario Human Rights Act, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the principles of dignity, individualization, and inclusion. The Métis Nation of Ontario will work cooperatively and in the spirit of respect with all partners in the accommodation process. These accommodations will extend to all aspects of the employment relationship including recruitment and selection.

Please email if you require an accommodation during the hiring process.

Please note, all employees, regardless of role or location, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless the employee has a valid medical exemption.  This condition of employment is effective for all employees, full or part-time, permanent or contract, whether working remotely or not, as of November 1, 2021.

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