Income Support Department
Family and community are the heart of our Nation and with that we believe that a supportive net can lift up individuals on to their own two feet. Once there, they can continue on in their journey of life in a self-sufficient and prosperous manner.
What We Do
When life presents us with challenges we have The Income Assistance Program. We provide funding to assist eligible individuals and families who are residents on the Enoch Cree Nation.
In order for families to grow, it is understood that basic needs are essential and need to met. If these are not met, then how is one to grow in other area of life, such as in work, friendships, mental or physical health? We strive to help the individuals and families to meet their basic needs if they need the support.
We find in humanity a wide spectrum of people who face either physical or mental challenges that require a little more extra support. Giving people financial support for their special needs will empower them to find the best within themselves.
Employment and the Work Force
Helping people gain employment in their careers not only builds confidence and strength in themselves, but helps the community grow as a whole. Whether one is just starting out, or ready to change direction later in life, we can provide the support they need.
There are also pre-employment measures designed to increase self-reliance, to improve life skills and promote greater attachment to the workforce.
Office Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Closed during lunch: 12:00 to 1:00pm
Lynette Avery – Manager
Jolene Morin – Case Worker
Monica Montandon – Clerical Staff
P.O. Box 240
Child and Family Services
While the overall number of Indigenous children and youth coming into care is safely reducing, there is still a high-number of children who are separated from their families and communities while they’re in care. Children’s Services is committed to keeping Indigenous families together whenever possible.
When a child has to come into care, it’s important that children be placed with people known to them – extended family, community members or people familiar with the child’s own cultural traditions or ceremonial practices.
Whether you live in an urban, rural or Indigenous community setting, you may be able to provide a safe, loving and stable home for a child or sibling group. Children need and have the right to develop pride in their personal identity, to experience their familial and community belonging, and to know their place in their Nation.
Children need to learn how to walk in both worlds – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – and need families and Elders who can teach them how to do this.
Who are the Indigenous children coming into care?
A child coming into care can be an infant, child or youth under the age of 18, of any gender or sexual orientation. Almost all children will have experienced some form of trauma from being removed from their home or multiple placements. Some children need longer-term placements and others need short-term placements. Almost all will need support to maintain connections with their families and communities.
Children entering care may:
- have experienced abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence or excessive drug or alcohol use
- be part of a sibling group that’s to be kept together
- need assistance with keeping connections to their own family, community, cultural background and language
- struggle with issues surrounding loss and grief
- have issues around gender identity or sexual orientation
- require help preparing for adulthood.
Support for caregivers
Caregivers are supported through government caregiver programs and workers, agencies, other caregivers, and the Alberta Foster Kinship Association. These include, but are not limited to:
- ongoing contact and visits from support workers and child’s caseworkers
- resources for respite and child care
- peer support and support groups
- recognition events
The Children’s Foundation provides services to ECN Children and Youth who are involved with Children and Family Services Intervention. We also work with those who require Special Needs Funding which is not otherwise available through the Child and Youth Intervention file or if their support has been exhausted.
Children must have ongoing legal status.
To provide support and services to Children, Youth and their families who require the extra support needed to continue building strong, healthy and proud individuals.
Now, more than ever, do we understanding that some children and youth require individualized support and attention to the needs they may have. It is our belief that with the support needed, all children are able to achieve and grow to their greatest capabilities.
Special Needs are recognized and approached with a more inclusive and supportive attitude and we strive to ensure the success of those who may need that extra bit of support.
Some special needs include but are not limited to:
Children who are in care need, more than ever, to feel connected and part of their heritage and community. We will host events that bring children who are in care back to the community to interact and engage with family and partake in community engagements or to work on relationship building. We recognize the importance of children knowing where they came from, who they are and where they can go in their life and with their family and community. Building healthy and positive relationship will help with positive personal growth and confidence.
Freida Peacock – Manager and Community Relations
Enoch Training & Development (ETD)
Enoch Training & Development (ETD) will provide assessment and guidance to those who need to overcome personal barriers and obstacles that are preventing them from achieving success. ETD is committed to providing a workforce capacity that creates meaningful opportunities for Enoch First Nation Members to be trained and gain employment.
Temporary Employment – on the job training
Training & Skills Development – short term training (safety, job readiness)
Capacity Building – training to and for employment (Building Worker Certification)
Incentive Program – Recognition of achievements and employment merit
Work place Support – purchase work gear, provide computer access for job search and resume writing
We offer a variety of training and services to help better those who are working, or want to work, towards achieving their full potential. These include:
Driving Training for employment
Training to employment
Off- Reserve Incentive Program
Building Service Worker Training
Heavy Equipment Operator Training
Individual/Group Training Requests
Joanne Sharphead – ETD Director
Food Services/Helping Hands
ECN Food Services supports the community by preparing and serving meals to Elders and Disabled Band Members. We also have Hampers from our Food Bank that are available to community members. Helping Hands collects gently used clothing and small household items for those who may be in need. The initiative was started to help the needy and to avoid cash handouts from Admin or good handouts from the stores.
ECN Food Services
The Food Services’ Ladies are trying new ways to bring fresh, and tasty meals to our Elders and Disabled. Because of the health issues of some of our clients (ECN Elders and Disabled) we accessing the knowledge and healthy cooking tips of Maureen (Registered Dietician) of the ECN Health Department. Delivered two times a day to approximately 33 clients, we are proud to be providing a basic necessity to the people in need.
Staff will be trained to create healthy meals and in food safety and hygiene. We also have our First Aid and have taken several courses to better serve our members.
The Helping Hands has grown in popularity. We have donations of gently used clothing and it is good to see how the people of Enoch and surrounding areas help others in need. The space we have for the Helping Hands is small so we are limited to clothing and small household items for now. We will post if anyone is willing to donate furniture.
With more members in the 108 apartments, we have more clients this fiscal year. There are more young families that are accessing the Hampers. They are delivered on Tuesdays for the Elders and disabled. Wednesday to Friday, Hampers are distributed to ECN members via pickup.
Nancy McDonald – Manager
We are located next to the police station on Enoch Cree Reserve.
Right to Access Outreach
- Who at April 1, 2017 any man, woman, adolescent child, infant of Enoch Cree Nation
- Who is;
- Receiving Employment Insurance
- Receiving Income support
- A Community Member for Programs and Services;
The Outreach program is by definition and practice, different from any financial programs.
What is low income?
- People on Income Support (on Reserve)
- People receiving Health Care Assistance program payment (can show
- People on Alberta Works (off reserve)
- People on AISH (living off reserve only) *restrictions may apply
- Students living off reserve that can show expenses exceed their income
- People on EI (can show their expenses exceed their income)
What is the procedure when coming to the band office to see Outreach?
- Check in with security to sign in
- Then proceed to the front desk (reception) to see if Outreach is available to see you
- Reception will call up to see availability; it is first come first serve basis
Hours of Operation (to see participants)
- Monday to Friday 9am – 3:30 pm
- Excluding Wednesdays – Administration day for staff
- Glori Sharphead – Outreach Coordinator
- Charlton Thomas- Outreach Support Worker
- Louann Ward – On Leave
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our office, located at the band office.
Who we are
To deliver alcohol & substance abuse programs based on the Medicine Wheel Principles: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health to individuals and families
To promote healthy spirits and sober lifestyles by providing a high quality, full continuum of culturally sensitive intervention and prevention services in our Community
We are located on the Enoch Cree Nation Community, west of Edmonton.
We have been in operation since 1989, helping our Community break the cycle of Addiction.
We offer One to One Counselling, Family Counselling, Couples Counselling and Referrals to Treatment Centre’s.
We have 4 Programs that operate out of the Wellness Centre.
Many Aboriginal people identify their trauma and associated substance abuse as being directly related to:
- Indian Residential Schools
- the child welfare experience
Understanding these issues is important to the success of the program. The NNADAP program put forward recommendations to:
- better coordinate services and supports:
- meet the needs of First Nations communities
Since the review, prescription drug abuse has become a major issue in many communities. Treatment needs have changed to address:
- youth, who are a growing at-risk population
- people with mental health issues
We also offer Day Programs and Evening Workshops which consist of:
- The 8-week Matrix Program
- Healthy Relationships
- Traditional Parenting
- Men & Women Sharing Circle
- Youth Workshops
- Loss and Grief/Trauma
Overview of Programs
The National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) helps set up and operate addiction programs to reduce and prevent alcohol, drug and solvent abuse in Aboriginal communities. We offer support to individuals and their families.We work with clients to prepare them for Treatment and refer them to the Treatment Centre best suited for them.
Building Healthy Communities
The program is made up of five components-mental health, child development, parenting, healthy babies and injury prevention.
This Program offers support to Families who are struggling with addictions and are at risk for Family or Domestic Violence. This program also offers different workshops for Families and individuals who are in need.
Offers Support to clients who have been diagnosed with this disability and at risk pregnancies. FASD is a brain injury that can occur when an unborn baby is exposed to alcohol. It’s a lifelong disorder with effects that include physical, mental, behavioral and learning disabilities. These can vary from mild to severe. FASD is not hereditary.
The National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) and NYSAP make up a network of programming that includes:
- First Nations addiction treatment centres
- NNADAP community-based prevention programs
Key components of the NNADAP and NYSAP network include:
- early identification and intervention
- screening, assessment and referral
- discharge planning and aftercare
- performance measurement, research and knowledge exchange
The programs provide access to addictions support to the majority of First Nations and Inuit communities.
Tina Papin – Manager
P.O. Box 449
Enoch, AB T7X 3Y3