Bloodvein Unit

Location:

Bloodvein First Nation is located 210 kilometres north of Winnipeg and is accessible by an all-weather road that runs along the eastside of Lake Winnipeg. The community is situated along three kilometres of the shoreline at the mouth of the Bloodvein River.

Bloodvein First Nation is located at the center of the Southeast communities, and many neighbouring community members from Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi, Poplar River and Berens River First Nations
stop in Bloodvein while traveling on the winter road, and now year round from Berens River on their new all-weather road. Community members are friendly and welcoming to the many travelers and canoeists that tour the area. Community members enjoy fishing and outdoor activities that the Bloodvein River offers, and the area is a major tourist attraction for canoeists and campers, and is renowned for its historical petroglyphs (rock paintings).

Population:

The population on-reserve is 1,073 and off-reserve is 720, with a total population of 1,793.

Community Services/Businesses:

SECFS Office; Daycare and Head Start Program; Band Office; Bloodvein Health Centre/Nursing Station; Water Treatment Plant and Sanitation; Mikisi Towing Gas Bar and Convenient Store; Keller & Son’s Grocery Store; Franks and Son’s Grocery Store; Anishinaabe Coffee Shop; Bloodvein River Lodge; Bloodvein Arena; and, the RCMP Detachment.

School:

Miskooseepi School (Nursery to Grade 9) is operated by Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) School Division. When community children complete grade 9, transition begins for them to attend high school located outside the community, usually in Winnipeg, Brandon, Selkirk, or other smaller municipalities.

Bloodvein River First Nation Chief and CFS Portfolio Councillor:

Chief Roland Hamilton. CFS Portfolio Councillor Ellen Young.

Challenges

The Bloodvein community staff work with children and families who suffer much hardship. Workers assist by identifying the child or family’s needs for resources, advocating for these resources, and develop a case plan to help keep the family intact, or plan for a child to be in care while maintaining contact with their family of origin. The Family Enhancement funds are often used to provide emergency food assistance to families in need so as to prevent children from coming into care. Where a child comes into care, the worker will meet with the parents and community supports to develop a case plan that is in the best interests of the child. The goal is to wrap supports around the family so the parents have the supports they need to be able to meet the needs of the child.

The Bloodvein Unit is comprised of one unit on reserve and two city units due to the high number of cases and staff required to manage the cases.

Staff

Director of Services – Jaime Chartrand
Community Supervisor – Garnet Sinclair
Administrative Assistant – Brenda Hamilton
Direct Services Workers – Frank Young, Kyle Tanner, Cindy Desjarlais
Family Enhancement Worker – Geraldine Cook
Recreation Coordinator – Errol Green

City Supervisor 1 – Natascha Enzlberger
Administrative Assistant – Katie Heinrichs

Term City Supervisor 2 – Danielle Sullivan
Term Administrative Assistant – Cheryl Wavey

Direct Service Workers – Amber Gareau, Crystal Boulette, Lorraine Baldwin, Nicole Strocen, Kelvin Sherman, Andrea Johnson, Ed Tanner, Latitia Kipling, Amber Catellier

Highlights and Events

  • Actively participating at the Community Resource Committee meetings (SECFS, Chief and Council, SERDC, School, Health, MFNERC, Onashowewin, etc.) to work collectively to address the social issues impacting the children and families i.e. addictions, child neglect, youth crime
  • The three units participated in team building activities and regular unit case reviews to increase communication and understanding of the member children and families
  • In partnership with Chief and Council, participated in community events such as;
    •  Treaty Days
    • Fishing Harvests
    • Support Groups
    • Youth Camps
    • Winter Carnival
    • Mother’s and Father’s Day Events
    • Halloween
    • Canada Day Celebrations
    • Community Workshops and Presentations
    • Community BBQ Feast
    • National Addiction Awareness Week (NAAW)
    • Resource Meetings
    • Stepping Out Saturdays (S.O.S.) Program
    • Community Christmas Feast

Bloodvein logo painting

Goals

  • The Family Enhancement (FE) Worker will implement support groups in the community i.e. women’s group, men’s groups, AA, and family support groups in partnership with the community resources
  • Continued participation on the Community Resource Committee
  • Training for staff to provide effective intervention to the community’s unique social issues i.e. addictions, parenting skills

Bloodvein charts