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Batchewana First Nation

Niigaaniin Social Services

Operates as the implementation of the Ontario Works (OW) legislation with culturally appropriate provisions for rates, eligibility and program parameters established by the OW program

Employment Assistance
  • Helps individuals to obtain employment and financial independence
  • Provides job readiness workshops, referrals to job counselling and training programs, access to education programs and use of office equipment such as telephone, fax machine and computer
Financial Support
  • Basic Needs, such as food and clothing for individuals and their families
  • Shelter costs, based on the size of the family including rent, heat, hydro, gas, water, sewage, and house insurance
  • Provides life skills, cultural awareness and alternative ways to live a healthy lifestyle as well as to cope and adapt with life stressors
  • Consists of four cycles of personal development steps culminating in either treatment programs, education upgrading, and job skills training or employment
Shpiming Nikeyaa Zhaawag (SNZ)
  • Provides financial assistance, active measures and addiction services to Niigaaniin clients whose employment potential may be obstructed by substance abuse problems
  • Offers case management and support services on an individual basis
Mamaweswen Tribal Council Contact: Dorothy Coad at 705-989-4665 or, servicing Batchewana First Nation
Members of Batchewana First Nation 18 years of age and older in immediate financial need to help pay for food and housing costs
Amount of financial assistance provided is determined by various factors including:
  • Assets
  • Family size
  • Housing costs
  • Income including income for any dependent adults or co-applicants
  • Mandatory participation in approved Employment Assistance activities
Application Process
Contact Niigaaniin Intake Worker for initial assessment and to schedule appointment for Intake
The following documentation is required to complete application:
  • Asset details such as vehicle insurance and registration
  • Address and employment information for the past 12 months
  • Bank account information
  • Birth certificate
  • Confirmation of school attendance if necessary
  • Health card
  • Income tax assessments
  • Record of employment
  • Shelter costs, which can include utility bills or a rental agreement
  • Social insurance card/document
  • Spousal or child support records
  • Status card
Toll Free
705-759-0914 - Band Office
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Mailing Address
Administration Office
236 Frontenac St
Batchewana First Nation, ON, P6A 6Z1
Rachel Boissoneau, Intake Worker
Phone: 705-759-0914 Ext 219
Niigaaniin Program Manager
Rhonda A Lesage
Phone: 705-759-0914 Ext 220; Cell 705-257-8581
Documents Required
Completed application package required
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211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
October 14, 2023
Administration Office, 236 Frontenac St
Batchewana First Nation, ON, P6A 6Z1
  • Administration/Band Office is located at Frontenac St in Batchewana First Nation
  • Closest intersection is at Frontenac St and Batchewana St
  • Situated near Rankin Arena and across the road from KIA dealership
  • Administrative Office is located on Rankin Reserve which is bordered on 3 sides by the city of Sault Ste Marie
  • Reserve is along Hwy 17 adjacent to and along E boundary of Sault Ste Marie
  • Consists of 4 settlements: Goulais Bay Reserve 15A, Obadjiwan Reserve 15E, Whitefish Island Reserve and the main settlement of Rankin Reserve 15D

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Hours of Operation
0830 to 1630
0830 to 1630
0830 to 1630
0830 to 1630
0830 to 1630

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm
Service Area(s)
Batchewana First Nation