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Niigaaniin / Ontario Works Program

The Niigaaniin Program assists community members to improve their employability, providing Financial Assistance (based on eligibility), Transitional Support and Employment Support Services.

The office is located at 575 Sagamok Road, the hours of operation are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To book an appointment, please call Robyn at 705 865-1395 extension 201. Please be sure to bring the required documentation for verification of eligibility.

If you are in financial need and would like to apply for assistance, you can contact Robyn at (705) 865-2171 ext.201 and she will be happy to meet with you.

ShpimingNikeyaaZhaawag

ShpimingNikeyaaZhaawag is a program that compliment’s the Niigaaniin employment services component it addresses addiction barriers to employment. A Ge Naad Mo Wit worker will work with eligible Niigaaniin participants to help them explore their drug and alcohol use, understanding the effects of their use on themselves and their relationships with others and about treatment options. Participants also receive help getting to and from treatment.

If you think that ShpimingNikeyaaZhaawag may be suitable for you, contact your Niigaaniin caseworker for a referral. Once we have received your referral, a Ge Naad Mo Wit worker will follow up with you to schedule an appointment to get your registered. Call us today!

Meshkoogaabwidjik “Standing Strong” Program

Niigaaniin has offered the Meshkoogaabwidjik Program to its participants since 2008. Though the program has evolved over time to suit the changing needs of our participants, the goals of the program are to:

  • Increase individual, family and community wellbeing, with the understanding that health and wellness are prerequisites to economic success
  • Reduce the negative impacts of addictions, abuse and intergenerational trauma improving the individuals’ ability to be contributing and responsible members of their families and communities
  • Decrease dependency on social assistance and other transfer programs
  • Increase the ability of chronically unemployed and underemployed persons to improve their capacities and to systematically learn and work their way into improved social and economic circumstances
  • Create economic opportunities and jobs, and gradually but steadily move the community toward full employment and prosperity for all and
  • Pay special attention to the social and economic advancement of youth.

The Meshkoogaabwidjik Program is delivered has a five (5) month healing and wellness component, and a three (3) month community employment placement component.

Contact Us

Niigaaniin/Ontario Works Program

575 Sagamok Road     (705) 865-1395

Pamela Keeshig          Social Program Manager    ext.200

Robyn Nahmiwan        Integrated Intake Worker  ext. 201

Marilyn Southwind      Financial Case Manager     ext. 205

Donna Trudeau           Financial Case Worker       ext. 202

Employment Support Program

Cheryl Bennett                                     ext. 203

Carol Marie Toulouse                           ext. 204