The Skeetchestn Social Development Department is committed to focus on Mental, Cultural, Spiritual and Physical Well-being when creating, managing and delivering programs, services and activities for Skeetchestn members and community members. It is our desire to inspire and encourage everyone in our community to practice healthy lifestyles by connecting culture, knowledge, and strengths.
Our team believes that each and every one has the ability to create the life they desire by aligning with their inner-self and taping into their infinite potential. We hope that the programs and services offered can assist you in creating a beautiful journey!
The Department provides the following Programs and Services:
Objective: to financially assist those individuals who meet the criteria for income assistance under the AANDC Social Development policy guidelines. The Band Social Development Worker (BSDW) administers Income Assistance.
Pre-Application Package for Income Assistance (Click Here)
AANDC National First Nations Social Development Policy and Procedures (Administrated by SIB)
Community Volunteer Supplement Contract - Incentive Hours (Click here)
Person with persistent multiple barriers medical forms and chek list (Click here)
Work Opportunity Program forms for employers (Click here)
The Department also assist with Funeral Services Billing as per AANDC Funeral Costs Policy.
POLICY AVAILABLE ONLINE Funeral Costs AANDC (INAC) Policy
FUNERAL SERVICES BILLING FORM
SOCIAL WORK SERVICES
The Band Social Worker provides assistance in ensuring the safety and well-being of the Skeetchestn children on-reserve and off-reserve by supporting culturally appropriate prevention and protection practices. Also, the Band Social Worker offers counselling services, counselling referrals and other type of support and programs to individuals, families and groups, leading to enhance wellness which has a direct impact on the strength of families and community.
For more information contact Michael Ikumonu at (250) 373-2493 ext. 231
If you have a child protection concern, please call Secwepemc Child and Family Services
at 250-314-9669 or 250-314-9669, if during work hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30).
If after hours please call 310-1234.
PATIENT TRAVEL (NON-INSURED MEDICAL)
Provides funding for medical travel according to the policies and mandates set by First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) for status members living on-reserve. Upon advance request, the Patient Travel Clerk provides transportation to Kamloops bi-monthly for specialist’ appointments.
Guidelines (Click here)
HOMEMAKING & ELDERS PROGRAMMING
Homemaking and personal care services (non-professional and non-medical) provided to Skeetchestn Elders (65+) who still reside at home. Services may include light housekeeping, meal programs, and social visits at home or in group setting. The Band Homemaker is also the Elders Coordinator who facilitates various activities throughout the year; BC Elders Gathering, Secwepemc Elders Council meeting, Elders Christmas Luncheon, visit to Museums and various field trips.
For more information contact Melody Ablitt (250) 373-2493 ext. 210
YOUTH, CULTURE, SPORTS & RECREATION
The Recreation Youth Worker Cultural Coordinator develops and implement programs for our youth, adults, families and elders in the community via cultural and arts-based activities, indoor and outdoor sports/fitness activities, workshops, gatherings and celebrations. Our goal is to offer ongoing wellness activities and programs while keeping the Skeetchestn Culture and Traditions alive.
“Bring the Indian back into each one”!
Annually the Social Development Team hosts Various Community Events; Wellness Day, Halloween and Christmas parties, and partners with Secwépemc Child and Family Services and Q’wemtsin Health Society to host other great family and wellness events.
For more information contact Michelle Merry @ (250) 373-2493 ext. 212
In partnership with Q’wemtsin Health Society, Skeetchestn is proud to have a Health Clinic on-reserve open 3 days/week: Tuesday to Thursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. The Skeetchestn Health Clinic was established in partnership with the Q’wemtsín Health Society and the Skeetchestn Indian Band. It provides access to services to the Skeetchestn community members. For more information please click here http://qwemtsin.org/skeetchestn-health-clinic-2
The Q'wemtsín Health Society works with member communities to promote holistic health through provision of programs, services, and education.
For more information regarding programs and services or to give us some suggestions please contact the Social Development Manager Lisa McColl (250) 373-2493 ext. 219