Social Development Updates April 2018

Apr. 27/18

SA Calendars are below.


Snuneymuxw Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)

Need a hand?

If you need help to prepare your income tax and benefit return, a Snuneymuxw community volunteer may be able to complete your return for you!


Your income comes from:

Employment, Pension, Social Assistance, RRSP, etc.

Please call to schedule an appointment with:

Bridget White or Daphne Robinson 250-740-2300


Chenoa Point - At Qwam Qwum Stuwixwulh 250-754-3033

Available Monday-Friday 3-5 pm please call to book a time


Need help with your Resume?

Bridget White is now available for resume writing. Please make an appointment: 250-740-2300


Social Development Policy Changes as of January 1, 2018

Department of Indigenous Service Canada formerly known as INAC or DIA have made these policy changes as follows section 3.1 of the social development policy manual which is posted on the SFN web site.


To All Social Development Employable Clients: effective Jan 1, 2018 you will be required to search for work in order to qualify for income assistance each month. A form is available at the reception desk at SFN to complete before next income assistance distribution Jan. 24th 2018. You will be required to complete and sign the form provided before the next cheque issue day.


Violet Elliott is available to assist with resumes and online work search process with you. Please book your appointment with Violet ahead of time to avoid cheque delays: 250-740-2349


Terena Ross is available to explore upgrading and other post-secondary or trades programs. Please book an appointment with Terena at your earliest convenience: 250-740-2316

Please download the SA WORK SEARCH RECORD Snuneymuxw form below and complete.

CLICK HERE for the manual


Emergency Numbers at Your Finger Tips:

Child protection on reserve or off - call at the time of concerns after 4:30 pm the after hours 310-1234.

Crisis line 1-888-494-3888 / Crisis Text Service: (250) 800-3806

Suicide Crisis Line

1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433

Mental Health Support 24/7

310-6789 (no need for dialing 1 in front of this number)


Social Development News

There has been a rate increase of a $100. per month.  This is for all Income Assistant clients, PWD and Hardship Assistance clients effective October 2017. 

We are also awaiting confirmation on earned income increase as well!  


Welcome Bridget White!

Bridget White is a Snuneymuxw First Nation member, who is currently employed part-time in the Social Development Department as an Administrative Assistant. Bridget has over twelve years’ Administration/Community Work experience working with First Nations Organizations.

Prior to working with SFN Social Development, Bridget worked in SFN Finance Dept. for a post-secondary summer job position, ‘Cooperative Education Coordinator’ at Qwam Qwum Stuwixwulh School, ‘Nurse Administrative Assistant’ at Inter-Tribal Health Authority, and she also worked for eight years as ‘Community Health Representative’ at Snuneymuxw First Nation Health Centre.  She has done some short term work for Snuneymuxw in the past in Social Development as Band Social Development Worker.

Bridget is currently working towards her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and is 2nd year standing in the Social Service Diploma Program at Vancouver Island University.

She has five handsome sons and two wonderful grandsons. She is delighted to be working for the community and looks forward greeting you.



Preferred Vendors:

New beds - great deals excellent prices - free delivery on Reserve - no taxes

Sleep Country


Armondos Conejos or any other staff will assist you.

Appliances, Furniture, Electronics or Beds

The Brick can offer warehouse discounts through Michelle Woodruff only


Please contact the following names for good quality used cars:

Jason Neal

Finance Manager

Nanaimo Chrysler



Leslie Neal

General Manager

Nanaimo Chrysler


Dan Jones

Sales Manager

Harris Nanaimo


Ross D. Barnard

Sales Manager

Laird Wheaton GM



Alan Miscavish

Used Car Fleet Manager

Nanaimo Toyota




Social Development Spring Updates

Free gym passes are available! Just sign your name under the Social Development clientele sign-in sheet at the Admin office reception.  Your children are welcome to attend according to the age requirement for the gym.

Drop-in for clients is Mondays and Thursdays.

Wednesdays are for appointments only.

No clients are seen on Fridays.


The Cultural LifeSkills worker is here for you Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please make appointments with her for resume help.

Please note that if Social Development doesn’t have current Hydro bills, AANDC (INAC) will not accept our payment and claw back this money. We need current Hydro bills every month. 

Once again, per capita land claims will not affect any SA clients income assistance cheques. This was effective Oct. 1, 2016 when AANDC (INAC) approved their policy on distributions.

Please contact the SA department at 250-740-2300 if you have any questions.