Serpent River First Nation

Site: Education Building

Service: Niigaaniin Social Services

Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: North Shore Tribal Council (NSTC) 
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Robinson-Huron Treaty
Description (Service) Operates as the implementation of the Ontario Works (OW) legislation with culturally appropriate provisions for rates, eligibility and program parameters established by the OW program
 
Employment Assistance 
  • Helps individuals to obtain employment and financial independence 
  • Provides job readiness workshops, referrals to job counselling and training programs, access to education programs and use of office equipment such as telephone, fax machine and computer
 
Financial Support 
  • Basic Needs, such as food and clothing for individuals and their families 
  • Shelter costs, based on the size of the family including rent, heat, hydro, gas, water, sewage, and house insurance
 
Mino-Bimaadizidaa 
  • Provides life skills, cultural awareness and alternative ways to live a healthy lifestyle as well as to cope and adapt with life stressors 
  • Consists of four cycles of personal development steps culminating in either treatment programs, education upgrading, and job skills training or employment
 
Shpiming Nikeyaa Zhaawag (SNZ) 
  • Provides financial assistance, active measures and addiction services to Niigaaniin clients whose employment potential may be obstructed by substance abuse problems 
  • Offers case management and support services on an individual basis
Hours Mon-Fri 8 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Serpent River First Nation
Eligibility Members of Serpent River First Nation in immediate financial need to help pay for food and housing costs 
Individuals must: 
  • be a resident of Ontario  
  • be in immediate financial need to help pay for food and housing costs  
  • be willing to take part in activities that will help find employment 
  • sign a Participation Agreement
 
Amount of financial assistance provided is determined by various factors including: 
  • Assets 
  • Family size 
  • Housing costs 
  • Income
Application Contact Niigaaniin Intake Worker for initial assessment and to schedule appointment for Intake
 
The following documentation is required to complete application: 
  • Asset details such as vehicle insurance and registration 
  • Address and employment information for the past 12 months 
  • Bank account information 
  • Birth certificate 
  • Confirmation of school attendance if necessary 
  • Health card 
  • Income tax assessments 
  • Record of employment 
  • Shelter costs, which can include utility bills or a rental agreement 
  • Social insurance card/document 
  • Spousal or child support records 
  • Status card
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone Niigaaniin Office: 705-844-2009 
Band Office:705-844-2418
Fax 705-844-2736
Website www.serpentriverfn.ca
Primary Contact Betty Jean Coughlin, Niigaaniin Administrator; Phone: 705-844-2009 ext 325; Email: bjcoughlin@ontera.net
Alternate Contact Dawn Meawasige, Niigaaniin Case Worker; Phone: 705-844-2009 ext 324; Email: dmeawasige.srfn@ontera.net
Primary Executive Elizabeth Richier, Director of Services, Niigaaniin Main Office; Phone: 705-844-2340 ext 04700 * 705-692-9771 ext 1; Email: elizabeth@niigaaniin.com
Site Location Community is on N shore of Georgian Bay on Lake Huron, along Hwy 17 approx 160 km E of Sault Ste Marie
Located In Community Cutler
Address 189 Village Rd
Cutler, ON P0P 1B0
 
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Intersection Village Rd and Sleepy Hollow Rd
Mailing Address c/o Niigaaniin 
PO Box 14 
Cutler, ON P0P 1B0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)