Aboriginal Liaison Officers (ALOs) are part of a team of Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) staff dedicated to improving efforts to rehabilitate Aboriginal offenders. Aboriginal people account for three per cent of the adult Canadian population; however Aboriginal offenders make up about 20 per cent of the offender population. Enhancing our capacity to provide interventions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit offenders is one of CSC’s strategic priorities.
Every day, ALOs assess Aboriginal offenders’ treatment needs at intake and throughout the duration of their sentences. As an ALO, you will develop and deliver Aboriginal orientation programs and assist Aboriginal offenders in their understanding and interpretation of rules and regulations surrounding corrections and conditional release.
You will work with other correctional staff including Correctional Officers, Primary Workers, Kimisinaws, Aboriginal Correctional Program Officers and Correctional Managers, along with Elders and Aboriginal organizations, to develop culturally-appropriate correctional and healing plans for individual offenders. You will also make recommendations on inmate participation in spiritual or cultural programs and inmate committees.
ALOs plan, develop and facilitate Aboriginal orientation programs and activities, and assess these activities for effectiveness at encouraging rehabilitation amongst offenders.
In addition, as an ALO, you will also be expected to assist with maintaining a community volunteer program and managing the volunteer citizen escort program, as needed.
ALOs also work with external Aboriginal agencies and communities to assist with the reintegration of Aboriginal offenders into their home communities.
CSC has a presence from coast to coast -- from large urban centres with diverse populations, to remote communities across the North.
CSC operates under three levels of management: National, Regional and Institutional/Parole Offices. The National Headquarters in Ottawa performs overall planning and policy development for the Service, while each of the five regional offices implements CSC activities within the Pacific, Prairie, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic regions.
CSC operations include 57 penitentiaries at minimum, medium, maximum and multi-level security classifications. These institutions include facilities for women offenders, Healing Lodges designed to address the needs of Aboriginal offenders and Regional Treatment Centres that provide mental health interventions to offenders.
CSC also operates 16 community correctional centres, and partners with 175 Community-Based Residential Facilities for offenders on some form of conditional release into the community. As well, CSC operates 84 parole offices and sub-offices in every region of Canada.
As an ALO, you will work both inside a correctional setting and in Aboriginal communities. You will be expected to work regular work hours with occasional overtime.
CSC is a large government agency with a wide variety of occupations. Depending on your interest and skill set, career opportunities exist in a variety of positions in the organization, both within an institutional and community setting, as well as at regional or national headquarters.
About the selection process
CSC job opportunities are posted on www.jobs.gc.ca. Applicants are screened according to essential education and experience, and cultural competencies listed on the advertisement.
Applicants’ knowledge, abilities, skills and personal suitability may be assessed with a written test and interview.
CSC provides national training and orientation to all ALOs.
Ready to Apply?
Please visit www.jobs.gc.ca to learn about the job opportunities currently available at CSC and how to apply.