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.
The mission of the education and training portion of our department is to help community members find and keep a job or career through skills training, employment supports and post-secondary education.
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.
- 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.
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:
- Infant development, pre-school, Aboriginal Head Start and after school programming
- Youth group programming
- Space for Elders’ to gather in our Elders’ Lounge
- Space for events and worship
The education services are split into two sections: the first is pre-school to grade 12, overseen by Theresa Theilen and the 2nd is all post-secondary education and training, overseen by Amanda Gauthier.
For more information on our programming please visit the links provided in the lists above.
Community Services Emergency Numbers
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.)
Health & Social Development Manager
Health and Social Development Department Staff
Amie Haas-Lepowick, LPN (on leave)
Youth Support Worker
Employment and Training Coordinator
Community Services Manager
Early Childhood Educator
Aboriginal Head Start/Education Assistant
Detailed contact information for our staff and departments can be found on our Contact page.