Westbank First Nation administers the Social Development Program, implemented by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development in accordance with the terms and conditions set out in the Financial Transfer Agreement. This program consists of income assistance and social support services. The program’s main objective is to determine the eligibility of applicants and then provide financial benefits and services to those in need living on-reserve.
Social support services such as adult in-home care, adult institutional care, community services, and family support services are designed to meet certain needs where non-federal social services programs are not always available on reserve.
The Social Development Worker (SDW) administers the home support and adult care programs and assists in the development of community resources, capacities and services. The Social Development Program also funds special needs allowance for good and services which are essential to the physical or social well-being of an eligible client that are not included as items of basic need, such as furniture.
Additionally, the WFN SDW administers funds for pre-employment support as a component of the Income Assistance program for ages 19-24 year olds. This proactive approach helps young clients move from Income Assistance dependency to leading more independent and self-sufficient lives with the skills and training they need to find and hold meaningful, sustainable jobs. These pre-employment measures may include basic and life skills training, formal education, and career counselling. These are required to complete the Essential Skills Development Assessment and employment plan to determine eligibility into the program (Enhanced Service Delivery and/or First Nations Job Fund).
WFN continues to establish and maintain a working relationship with other band staff, departmental staff, representatives of other departments, and agencies such as Ministry of Housing & Social Development, Human Resources Development Canada, Health Canada and Ministry for Children & Family Development.
Westbank First Nation
1900 Quail Lane
Westbank, BC V4T 2H3
Visit the Social Development in Your Community page on the AANDC website for more information.
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