Social Services Department

Contact us at:
Tel: 519-534-3753
Fax: 519-534-1501

Social Services Administrator
Amy Ingram (Nadjiwon-Tobey)

Family Support Worker
Samantha Saunders

Employment Support Worker
Cecily Keeshig

Addictions Services Initiative Caseworker
Robert Keeshig

Social Services Clerk

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed on Holidays

Mailing Address
Chippewas of Nawash Social Services
#105-33 Maadookii Crescent
Neyaashiinigmiing, Ont.
N0H 2T0

Note: Our program is an essential service and remains staffed to serve the community while pandemic restrictions are in place. The Seniors Apartment Complex is currently closed to the public. We regret that we cannot meet clients in person at our offices at this time. Please call or email and a staff person will be happy to assist you.

Nawash Social Services is located at the Senior's Apartment Complex. Our services include:

  • Financial assistance: provided to individuals that have been deemed eligible through a financial means assessment to help with the costs of basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter and health benefits for clients and their families
  • Employment assistance: to help income support recipients find, prepare for and keep a job. This assistance may include: workshops on resume writing and interviewing, job counselling, job-specific training, access to basic education, so clients can finish high school or improve their language skills.
  • Employment activities: education programs to help finish high school, upgrade reading, writing or math skills, job-specific skills training, literacy screening and training, Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP), employment placements, community placements.
  • Emergency assistance: is also available to people who are in a crisis or an emergency situation (e.g. people who have lost their homes, are leaving an abusive relationship and/or are worried about their safety).
  • Discretionary Benefits: are provided to income support recipients (OW/ODSP) are provided on a case-by-case basis supported by the Nawash Social Services Supplementary Policies, Practices and Procedures Document.  Items that maybe considered are: dental care, vision care, wheelchairs and repairs, surgical supplies, travel and transportation for health related purposes.   All other resources for support from other agencies and services must be exhausted prior to any issuance of assistance.
  • Transitional Support Fund: provides assistance to social assistance (Ontario Works and ODSP) and low-income families who require housing related supports.  Items that may be considered and the funding limits are listed in the Nawash Social Services Supplementary Polices, Practices and Procedures Document.  Funding may not be used to build new structures or conduct major renovations on existing structures.
  • Funerals and Burials:
    • SAR (Social Assistance Recipient): includes Ontario Works (OW) recipients living on reserve, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients living on reserve and if there are no other resources available, Nawash Social Services Department may cover the cost of a basic funeral.
    • NON-SAR (Non-Social Assistance Recipient): on reserve but not receiving assistance from OW or ODSP.  Nawash Social Services Department may cover the cost of a basic funeral where there are insufficient funds available.
  • Addictions Services Initiative (ASI): is a program designed to help people on social assistance (OW) whose substance abuse makes it difficult for them to become or stay employed. The goal of this program is to be supportive and to assist OW participants who are willing to take a serious approach to managing their addictions and to help OW participants stabilize their situations so they can focus on their treatment plan.

Contact us if you have questions or aren't sure where to find the service or help you need.