Walking in Balance
The Niigaaniin Program is an "active" social assistance program with an emphasis on providing support to first nation communities and their citizens.
Our program is the implementation of the Ontario Works legislation with culturally appropriate provisions. Rates, eligibility and program parameters are established by the Ontario Works program.
Our primary services include Financial Support, Employment Assistance and Addictions Services.
The Niigaaniin program is based on community specific needs, and programs are delivered through a client case management model within the seven North Shore First Nations (Batchewana First Nation, Garden River First Nation, Thessalon First Nation, Mississauga First Nation, Serpent River First Nation, Sagamok Anishnawbek, and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek) communities and Wahnapitae First Nation.
The Niigaaniin program provides Financial Support for the purpose of providing basic needs and shelter.
Eligibility for assistance is based on the following:
• the number of members in your family.
• your shelter costs.
• your income, or the income of any dependent adults or co-applicants.
• your assets such as vehicles, properties, RRSPs and so on.
• your participation in approved Employment Assistance Activities. All persons accepted into the Niigaaniin program who are at least 18 years of age and employable are required to participate.
The goal of Niigaaniin's Employment Assistance Program is to help you become job ready, find employment and stay employed.
The Niigaaniin staff will work with you to determine what your employment needs are, and then help you develop a plan based on your skills, experience and circumstances.
Here are some examples of the services we provide to help you find a job:
• workshops on job searching, writing resume, and how to prepare for an interview.
• referrals to job counseling or other training programs.
• access to education programs to obtain your grade 12 or GED.
• use of telephones and fax machines, as well as access to job boards and computers to search for and research employment.
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