IA Admin Regional Group Meeting Held in Saskatoon

On March 10 & 11, 2020 On-reserve Income Assistance Workers gathered in Saskatoon at the Willows Golf & Club for the IA Regional Quarter Meeting.

There were 64 attendees which included: FSIN representatives, First Nation Income Assistance Workers and Indigenous Services Canada Representatives.

The intent of the Regional Group Meetings are to discuss topics related to impacts to the On-Reserve Income Assistance Program. IA workers have the opportunity to discuss: policy, networking, promising practices, program changes and updates from both ISC and MSS etc.

This was a two day meeting, day 1  focused on Program updates to the on-reserve IA Program, Compliance reporting updates, ISC Child Welfare Prevention terms of conditions review and a presentation from Camponi Housing on Edwards Manner and dealing with Crystal Meth. Edwards Manner was invited to present strategies and myth busters on dealing with active crystal meth users.

Day 2 of the meeting the group participated in a activity to validate the First Nation-Led Engagement on Income Assistance 2018-20 National Draft Summary Report. This draft summary report was composed by ISC using regional Reform reports to on-reserve IA programs from 2018-2019. SFNFCI developed a process to review National and Regional report with intentions to collect any comments, edits, omissions, and recommendations from the stakeholders.

A roll up report will be submitted to Jason at the ISC Regional office by March 15  

The group then welcomed Linda Cimpric to present self-care practices and reiki breathing techniques.

On behalf of SFNFCI and the Sask IA Workers we would like to send our Best Wishes to Joanne Harper (ISC) and she moves into retirement. This was Joanne’s last meeting at the Regional Group as an FSO. We wish you well and happy retirement Joanne! Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge and dedication to the IA Group.

The group had then agreed to have 7 meetings planned for the 2020-2021 Fiscal year. Dates as follows:

  • June 2020 – 2 day meeting – Saskatoon, SK
  • September 2020 – 2 day meeting – Saskatoon, SK
  • December 2020 – 2 day meeting – Saskatoon, SK
  • March 2021 – 1 day meeting – Saskatoon, SK

For full meeting notes please see: http://www.sfnfci.ca/pages/ia-regional-quarter-meetings.html

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