Thessalon First Nation

Site: Band Office

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 Administration Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Thessalon First Nation
Eligibility Members of Thessalon First Nation in immediate financial need to help pay for food and housing costs
 
Amount of financial assistance provided is determined by various factors including:  
  • Assets  
  • Family size 
  • Housing costs  
  • Income including income for any dependent adults or co-applicants 
  • Mandatory participation in approved Employment Assistance activities
Application Call Program Supervisor/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 705-842-2323
Fax 705-842-2332
Website www.thessalonfirstnation.ca
Primary Contact Bobbi Jo McColman, Niigaaniin Coordinator; Email: bmccolman.tfn@vianet.ca
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 Lake Huron, 12 km E of town of Thessalon and 103 km SE of Sault Ste Marie
Located In Community Thessalon
Address 40 Sugarbush Rd, RR 2
Thessalon, ON P0R 1L0
 
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Intersection Sugarbush Rd and Hwy 17
Mailing Address c/o Niigaaniin 
Box 9 
RR 2 
Thessalon, ON P0R 1L0
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)