Elders Sam Acko and Garry Oker educate youth about plants and the land during the Elder & Youth hike, June 2020. Photo: DRFN

DRFN’s Health and Social Development Manager, Teree Walton, along with Community Wellness Coordinator, Teresa Thielen, offer a number of programs and services to members including:

Liaison with Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD)

Teree and Teresa act as communication liaisons and advocate for community members with MCFD. They are happy to provide information on services available and will connect members with services they may require. Please see contact info at the bottom of this page for both Teree and Teresa.

Homework and Tutoring Support Nights

Thursdays 5-7 p.m. Band Hall Gym

Homework/tutoring group for DRFN youth.

This is an opportunity for students to get help with their school work. Anybody who is able to provide support, please contact Teresa.

Youth Group (Ages 13-19)

Tuesdays 5-7 p.m. Band Hall Gym

A Youth Group named Naahtane Ts’idaaghae (Thunder Kids), has recently been initiated. The group will conduct a sharing circle and carry out fun activities. The first meeting was held on October 20, 2020 and a number of activities were identified by participants. DRFN is in the process of setting up a schedule of activities and they can be found on our Youth Group page.

Ladies Group

Once the Community Church is ready for use, there are plans to organize a Ladies Group where members can get together to do sewing and other activities.

Mens Group

Once the Community Church is ready for use, a Mens Group will be coordinated where members can get together for a variety of activities.

Wellness Events

Throughout the year, Health and Social Development department staff will collaborate with staff from other DRFN departments to coordinate events and activities for members and staff. Notification of events will be posted on the Doig River Facebook page as well as here.

Additional Services

In addition to the specific services outlined above, DRFN’s Health and Social Development Department provides support and services including:

  • Assistance with employment insurance applications
  • Social assistance
  • Coordination with healing centres
  • Empowerment workshops
  • Land healing projects and events
  • One-on-one counseling referrals
  • Trauma and grief workshops
  • Lunch n’ Learns on a range of topics from health and nutrition to financial management
  • Parent and foster parent support
  • Elder road trips
  • Coordination of Elders’ meetings
  • Wills workshops
  • Home support services including Assisted Living Program
  • Nutrition and cooking classes with registered dieticians
  • Elder and youth hikes
  • Scavenger hunts, mental health bingos, family activities, paying it forward, painting sessions
  • Food hampers


Members can contact Teree or Teresa for more information about any of the services noted above:

Teree Walton, Health & Social Development Manager

778-715-9704 (office)

250-263-2365 (cell)


Teresa Thielen, Community Wellness Coordinator

250-827-3776 (office)

778-715-3754 (cell)


Click on the image above to view an interview with Elders Sam Acko and Billy Attachie as they discuss Spanish Flu history for lessons to fighting COVID-19, APTN, May 6, 2020