The mission of the Health and Social Development department is to develop and implement programs that support the overall health and well-being of our membership.

Core Community Services

The core community services provided by the Health and Social Development department are:


  • Provide health services including care from visiting doctors, counsellors and a community nurse

Learn more about our health services here.

Community Wellness

  • Administer social programs addressing the needs of Elders, youth and all members
  • Coordinate workshops on and distribute information to the community about a wide variety of health and wellness issues

Learn more about our wellness programs, services and opportunities here.

Community Services

The community services provided through the Health and Wellness Department take place in our new Dane che’ adliih dę’ kwą (Peoples Prayer House) and include:

For more information on our programming please visit the links provided in the list above.

Programs and Services

DRFN provides programs and services for membership on and off reserve that include but are not limited to:

  • On-reserve Income Assistance Program
  • First Nation Child and Family Services
  • Assisted Living Program
  • Family Violence Prevention Program
  • Family Support Worker Program
  • Medical Transportation Program
  • Brighter Futures
  • Healthy Living Promotion
  • Diabetes Prevention
  • AIDS/HIV Prevention
  • Dane Che Uu (Elders’ Advisory Committee)
  • Homemaker Support
  • Community Nurse
  • Liaison with hospitals, clinics, social development ministries
  • Mental Health Program
  • Referrals to clinicians, counselling, and specialized treatment
  • NNADP (National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program)
  • Financial counselling and financial literacy
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Navigation of federal and provincially run programs and services for health and social development
  • Administration of DRFN Permanent Trust funded programs and services (Stay In School, Youth Recreation, Elder’s Pension, etc.)


Teree Walton

Health & Social Development Manager

Health and Social Development Department Staff

Amie Haas-Lepowick, LPN

Community Nurse

Teresa Thielen

Youth Support Worker


Sharon MacDonald

Community Services Manager

Detailed contact information for our staff and departments can be found on our Contact page.