Whitefish Lake Social Development

Whitefish Lake Social Development


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Indigenous Community Departments & Organizations


The Income Support Department aims to ensure the economic well-being and financial security of individuals and families. Guided by the principles of equity, inclusivity, and cultural sensitivity, the department works towards reducing poverty and addressing socio-economic disparities faced by Indigenous communities.

The primary objective of the department is to provide income support programs and services that are tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of Indigenous peoples. It recognizes the historical and systemic factors that have contributed to economic inequalities within Indigenous communities, and seeks to create a more level playing field by offering targeted support.

The department works closely with Indigenous organizations, community leaders, and stakeholders to design and implement income support programs that are culturally relevant and responsive. These programs may include financial assistance, job training, employment support, and entrepreneurship initiatives. By providing access to financial resources and opportunities, the department aims to empower individuals and families to improve their economic situations and achieve self-sufficiency.

In addition to income support programs, the department also focuses on enhancing financial literacy and promoting economic development within Indigenous communities. It offers educational resources and workshops to help individuals develop skills in budgeting, saving, and managing their finances effectively. Furthermore, the department collaborates with local businesses, industries, and government agencies to create employment and economic growth opportunities that align with the cultural values and aspirations of Indigenous peoples.

Cultural sensitivity and respect for Indigenous traditions are core principles upheld by the department. It recognizes the diverse cultural identities and practices within Indigenous communities and strives to ensure that its programs and services are delivered in a culturally appropriate manner. This includes working closely with Elders and community leaders to incorporate Indigenous knowledge, customs, and languages into the design and delivery of income support initiatives.

The Income Support Department is committed to fostering self-determination and autonomy among Indigenous peoples. It actively promotes the involvement of Indigenous communities in decision-making processes related to income support programs, seeking their input and collaboration to develop policies that reflect their unique needs and aspirations.

Ultimately, the Income Support Department seeks to create a more equitable and prosperous future for Indigenous individuals and families. By providing targeted income support, fostering economic empowerment, and respecting cultural values, the department aims to break the cycles of poverty and create opportunities for long-term financial stability within Indigenous communities.

Stephanie Jackson-Lavallee
Program Director
Mary Anne Sparklingeyes
Administrative Assistant
Viola Sparklingeyes
Administrative Assistant
Shana Halfe
Support Worker
Rochelle Houle
Support Worker
Nikita Bull
Support Worker
Donna Houle
Support Worker

Working Hours

Monday to Friday  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Membership Type

Indigenous Community Departments & Organizations

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