Hollow Water Unit

Location:

Hollow Water First Nation is located 190 kms northeast of Winnipeg, and is within the Precambrian Shield region of Manitoba. Hollow Water is accessible by an all-weather road. No air service is
available, and the nearest airport is located in Bissett, Manitoba.

Population:

The on-reserve population is 1,005 and the off-reserve population is 904.

Community Services/Businesses:

Hollow Water Band Office; SECFS Office; Jordan’s Principle Program; Adam Hardisty Health Centre; Wanipigow Producer Co-op; Fishing Station; Grandpa George’s Gas/Diesel Bar; Wy-Ky-Kan Housing Authority; Yvonne’s Chipstand; Legends Campground-Wayne Moneyas; Garden Angel Day Care; Aboriginal Headstart Program; Sanitation Service; VLT Centre; Water Treatment Plant; and, Ceremony Grounds. The Health Centre offers a food bank bi-weekly.

School:

Wanipigow School offers Nursery to Grade 12, and is part of the Frontier School Division.
The community also offers an Alternative Education Program for adults.

Hollow Water First Nation Chief and CFS Portfolio Councillor:

Chief Larry Barker. CFS Portfolio Councillor Geoff Bushie

Staff:

Director of Services – Sandra Lagimodiere
Supervisor – Lena Bushie
Administrative Support – Darlene Bushie
Direct Services Workers – Donna Smith, Gladys Williams, Patricia Moneas
Family Enhancement Worker – Lorna Bjork

Highlights and Events

The following programs and activities were supported with Family Enhancement funds. The local SECFS staff organized, implemented, and/or contributed to the following programs and activities:

  • Hosted a children and youth bingo, provided gifts in recognition of community members, and provided prizes for the various sports games and other events during Black Island Days
  • Supported one full time Family Enhancement Worker to work with families to prevent their children from coming into care
  • Contributions to the Treaty Days events
  • Prince/Princess Ball – Event where young children dress up in fancy dresses and/or suits and win prizes for the best dressed. This year was a huge success
  • Fishing Derbies – Held seasonally, and always has a high number of community participants. Agency contributes the youths’ registration fees
  • Donations for food for the families with members who have passed
  • Registration costs for youth hockey players in the Sagkeeng Minor Hockey
  • Contributions for community Remembrance Day events, Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner, Elders Appreciation, Welcome Baby Wagon, Christmas Open House, Christmas events, and a New Year’s Party for youth and adults
  • Supported accommodations for young ladies at the Provincial Baseball Tournament held in
    Winnipeg
  • Participated in “Adopting a Graduate” where the graduate receives all expenses paid for their graduation celebration
  • Emergency funds i.e. emergency food

Hollow Water Unit City Unit

This Unit is located in Winnipeg at the 1410 Mountain Avenue office, and provide services to the children and families affiliated with Hollow Water and Black River First Nations who reside offreserve.

Staff:

Director of Services – Sandra Lagimodiere
Supervisor – Serena Marsden
Administrative Assistant – Robin Cornell
Direct Services Workers – Selena Whiteway, Germaine Bear, Patricia Kakegabon, Simone Richard, Jocelyn Mitchell (on maternity leave)

Highlights and Events

  • Case reviews are held with the off and on-reserve teams from Hollow Water and Black River every four months for the purpose of consulting, planning, and sharing information about the children and families served
  • Workers carry high case loads and most of the focus is on meeting client’s needs and meeting funding requirements.
  • Some staff had the opportunity to attend Black Island Days and the SECFS Open House on Hollow Water First Nation
  • Distributed payments and treaty money to the off-reserve Black River and Hollow Water children in care