Add Record Add Record | Suggest Update | Print Version (New Window)
Description & Services
Public Comments Niigaaniin Delivery Sites contact information: 
  • Batchewana First Nation-Rhonda Boissoneau ph 705-759-0914 Ext 219 
  • Garden River First Nation-Hali Solomon ph 705-945-6300 Ext 294 
  • Thessalon First Nation-Bobbi Jo McColman ph 705-842-2323 
  • Mississauga First Nation-Darrell Jacques ph 705-356-1621 Ext 2235 
  • Serpent River First Nation-Betty Jean Coughlin ph 705-844-2009 
  • Sagamok Anishnawbek-Robyn Nahmiwan ph 705-865-2171 
  • Atikameksheng Anishnawbek-Victoria Petahtegoose ph 705-692-3651 Ext 3 
  • Wahnapitae First Nation-Victoria Petahtegoose ph 705-692-9771 Ext 3
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
  • 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, 12:30 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation ; Batchewana First Nation ; Garden River First Nation ; Mississauga First Nation ; Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation ; Serpent River First Nation ; Thessalon First Nation ; Wahnapitae First Nation
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
Must belong to one of the member First Nations and be 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
  • Services are delivered to community members at the local level (Band Office) 
  • Contact local office, ask for Niigaaniin Intake Worker
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 705-692-9771
Toll Free Phone 1-877-633-7558
Fax 705-692-1594
Primary Contact Elizabeth Richier, Director of Services; Phone: 705-844-2340 ext 04700 * 1-877-633-7558; Email:
Alternate Contact Candace Ozawagosh, Client Data Information Specialist; Phone: 705-844-2340 ext 04701; Email:
Site Location Building A
Located In Community Cutler
Address 473 A Hwy 17
Cutler, ON P0P 1B0
View Google Map
Intersection Hwy 17 and Hillside Dr W
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (21) Other Regional Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)