Garden River 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 
  • Niigaaniin/Ontario Works office is located in the basement of the Garden River Band Office 
  • Niigaaniin Regional Office: ph: 705-692-9771 fax: 705-692-1594
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 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm
Areas Served Garden River First Nation
Eligibility Members of Garden River First Nation living on-reserve and 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 Contact Niigaaniin Intake Worker/Caseworker 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 705-946-6300
Toll Free Phone 1-800-665-0987
Fax 705-945-1415
E-Mail info@gardenriver.org
Website www.gardenriver.org
Social Media Facebook Facebook, Twitter Twitter
Primary Contact Victoria Petahtegoose, Niigaaniin Financial Specialist; Phone: 705-692-9771 ext 3
Alternate Contact Eileen Thibault, Caseworker; Email: ethibault@gardenriver.org
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
Alternate Executive Hali Solomon, Program Manager; Email: hasolomon@gardenriver.org
Site Location Community is along Hwy 17 and St Mary's River, 3 km NE of Sault Ste Marie
Located In Community Garden River First Nation
Address 7 Shingwauk St
Garden River, ON P6A 7B2
 
View MapQuest Map
View Google Map
Intersection Shingwauk St and Hwy 17B
Physical Access Fully 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)