What is Niigaaniin?

The Niigaaniin Services is an “active” social assistance service 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 services are 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.

Program Purpose

The focus of our program is to provide financial and employment assistance to first nations clients in financial need. The Niigaaniin program follows the guidelines, rates and other criteria as set out by the Ministry of Community and Social Services Ontario Works program. The Niigaaniin strategy works by providing a case management approach to the delivery of the program, as well as by providing developmental support services and financial assistance programs with the costs of participation. This intensive, supportive strategy will ensure that financial assistance recipients are able to identify, access and take effective advantage of the services that are relevant to their needs.

Nigaaniin Programs and Services

The following programs are available to our First Nation membership:

Mino-Bimaadizidaa provides an understanding and awareness of how self-identity (self -concept, self-image and self-esteem) influence our life choices. The program provides life skills, cultural awareness and alternative ways to live a healthy lifestyle as well as to cope and adapt with life stressors.

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For information on how you can run the Mino-Bimaadizidaa program in your Community, please contact:

Violet Boissoneau – Opportunities Development Officer at 705-844-2340 or

For information on the Mino-Bimaadizidaa Program within our North Shore First Nation Communities, please contact:

Michelle Seanor at 705-923-3668 or, servicing Wahnapitae First Nation, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek & Sagamok Anishnawbek.

Kerri Commanda at 705-923-3655 or, servicing Serpent River, Mississauga & Tesselon First Nations.

Dorothy Coad at 705-989-4665 or, servicing Garden River & Batchewana First Nations.

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