Social Development

The Federal government believes that First Nations people should benefit from non-federal social service programs, but because these are not always available to residents on reserve the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern development (DIAND) has implemented the Social Development Program (social assistance and social support services) designed to meet certain needs.

The Social Development Program is governed by various federal authorities. The principal’s authority for the provision of social development programs on-reserve permits DIAND to adopt provincial standard and procedures. Thus, the policies and procedures contained in on-reserve manuals reflect current British Columbia Provincial Government policies and procedures in the administration of the Social Development program. However, where possible and permissible, certain provisions exist to reflect the differing circumstances of person’s resident on Indian reserve land.

The resources to provide these services are secured each year through the Canadian parliament.

Although administrative responsibility for the Social Development Program may be transferred, DIAND remains accountable to the Government of Canada and to First Nations communities for ensuring that the social development procedures have been adhered to and that assistance, at authorized rates, is provided to those determined eligible under the Social Development Policy and Procedures Manual (click to view manual).

The Social Development Manager is available in the office 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Thursday. A reminder to have all your information in by the 12th of each month. Cheques are available for pick up on cheque day between the hours of 9:00 and 4:00.
Cheque issue dates are the last Wednesday of every month!

Program Objectives

The broad objectives of the Social Development Program are:

  • To assist persons living on reserves in maintaining a basic standard of living.
  • To prevent dependency by developing individual and family strengths
  • To assist recipients to access services that will enhance their ability to assume primary responsibility for their own affairs. 

F.Y.I :

  • There is an Aboriginal Employment Services available. You can access services through any East Kootenay Employment office. Kimberley, Sparwood, Aq'am (St. Mary's Indian Reserve), Akisq'nuk First Nation, Tobacco Plains Indian Band.
  • "Passport to Employment" the BladeRunners Program is a youth training program occurring between April 1, 2015 and February 19, 2016. Participants must be between the ages of 15-30 only.
  • This program provides individuals with: Employment Readiness (Resume Writing, Interviewing Preparation, Exploring Career Choices and Interests), Safety Training, Workplace Certifications, Life/Employability Skills, Coaching to achieve participants individual employment goals.
  • See posters on bulletin board at band office for more information or call Dolores. 

Shuswap Band Contact:

Dolores Nicholas
Social Development Manager
RR #2-3A-492 Arrow Rd.
Invermere, BC V0A 1K2
Tel: (250) 341-3678 ext #1011
Fax: (250) 341-3683
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