Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Unit

Location:

Brokenhead Ojibway Nation is 86 kilometres north of Winnipeg, and extends north to the shores of Lake Winnipeg, and includes part of the Netley Creek Mars area, with the Brokenhead River running through the core of the community. The community is accessible by Highway 59.

Population:

The on-reserve population is 766, and the off-reserve population is 1,166.

Community Services/Businesses:

Brokenhead Band Office; Entertainment Centre; South Beach Casino Hotel; Wavers Gas Station; Chicken Delight; Brokenhead Grocery Store; Pharmacy; Health Centre; Daycare; Head Start; Round House Meeting Centre; Private Matthews Sinclair’s Elders Lodge; Water Treatment Plant; Recreational Centre; Brokenhead EAST Resource Training and Employment Program; Community Store and Gas Station; Whistle Pig Diner; Brokenhead Wet Lands Trail; and, Jordan’s Principle Program.

School:

Sergeant Tommy Prince School offers Nursery to Grade 9, and falls under the jurisdiction
of Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre.

Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Chief and CFS Portfolio Councillor:

Chief Jim Bear. CFS Portfolio Councillor Shawn Kent.

Staff

The Brokenhead Unit is unique to SECFS in that both the on and off-reserve children in care and families are served by a single unit that is located on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation.

Director of Services – Sandra Lagimodiere
Supervisor – Lisa Holland-Storozuk
Administrative Assistant – Ashton McCorrister
Direct Services Workers – Teresa Ryder, Spring Abaunza-Vega, Shirley Prieston, Sabrina Morrisseau,
John Kent (term)
Community Support Worker – Brenda Staska

Highlights and Events

The Brokenhead SECFS staff supported:

  • The Annual Sobriety Powwow to honor those who remain sober and to promote sobriety
  • The community Halloween dance and contributed treats at the school for the younger children, and treats were offered at the SECFS office for the older children
  • Various children’s events during the Brokenhead Treaty Days
  • A family violence workshop
  • The Maternal Child Health Camp Manito Program
  • A few member children to attend hockey tournaments
  • The community carnival
  • The after-school boxing program
  • Case Aide salary
  • Christmas Open House held in December
  • Emergency support services as needed i.e. emergency food

Goals

  • Continue to provide culturally appropriate foster homes in the community and, where possible, return children to be in community placements
  • Extensively explore extended family/kinship homes when a child is in need of placement
  • Actively recruit more community members to become foster parents
  • Decrease the number of children coming into care
  • Decrease the number of change of placements for children in care
  • Work more closely with collaterals to develop more wrap around services to families to keep them intact and support the reunification of children with their families
  • Further develop the Resource Committee to ensure that community resources, staff, and community members have the opportunity to identify and share issues, and develop plans to address
  • Develop an emergency home in the community so that children who come into care do not have to leave the community
  • Maintain funds for emergency support services
  • Provide ongoing training to staff to increase their skill set to provide quality services to the children, families, and community members
  • Hire a full-time support staff i.e. resource worker or intake worker
  • Continue to support staff to participate in community events
  • Continue to sponsor annual community events including Christmas Open House, Elders Program, Parent Aide, summer activities, fishing derby, Treaty Days celebrations, powwows, Maternal Child Health events, and emergency supports