Community Development

The Gitksan Government Commission (GGC) has a Social Development Policy. This policy is for the member communities of the GGC, including Gitanmaax, Gitanyow, Glen Vowell and Kispiox, to guide and assist in the delivery of the social development program on reserve.

Under the multi-year funding agreement GGC in partnership with the bands made changes to the existing AANDC Social Development policy guidelines. This revised policy manual (2006) focuses on the unique needs of the Gitksan communities and better reflects their goals and objectives. It will eventually incorporate the traditional roles and responsibilities of the House and Clan system in caring for all members and residents of each community.

This policy manual has been thoroughly reviewed in detail through a series of meetings including Chief Councillors and their invited Band Council representatives, in collaboration with the GGC Social Development Advisor and each Band’s Social Development Staff.

This policy manual provides consistency and adherence to the multi-year agreement as signed by all four Bands. As such, it is applicable to all four Band Councils, their Community Social Development Committees, their administration staff and the Band members. Any changes to the Manual in future will require the agreement of all four Bands as represented by their Chief Councillors on the GGC Board.

Sandra Martin Harris, is the Advisor for the Social Development at Gitksan Government Commission and works closely with each of the community Band Social Development Workers and administration to implement the social development program.

 

 

 

Update:

GGC is supporting Gitanyow, Gitanmaax, Moricetown, Glen Vowell & Kispiox in developing a youth strategy to support locally based training and education. An integrated services approach is key to this approach, working in partnership with local health, education and training programs and services. The target group is 19-24 years of age; new steps for income assistance is to complete a comprehensive assessment, identifying your next steps and wishes for employment and training ---> and then taking locally based training. We have many partners we are working with, Upper Skeena, NWCC & Northern Health, Gitksan Health, BCAMTA, Hazelton High School, & Aboriginal Supported Child Care.   

Unfortunately we have not been able to secure the pilot beyond the third year. This pilot requires a partnership with the local ASET holder and we were not able to achieve this so the youth training pilot for the 5 communities has ended. We are still pursuing a positive working relationship with TRICORP to see if we can keep the project moving forward even though the federal funds have all been allocated.

The working group working with the communities and community members have developed a Job Readiness Workbook. After several training sessions, the working group came together and develop a 6 step case management approach that seeks to connect people to their Gitxsan teachings. The belief is that once someone feels good and strong about themselves they are best able to meet their own needs.

Here is the cover of the Ama didils (a Good Life) Workbook. The sun was chosen as each step or sun ray was part of the larger Sun image. The sun represents healing energy. The community members and youth that evaluated the workbook also suggested we highlight the many succesful men and women in our document. So in the panels of each page we have asked members to submit names to showcase the many successful Gitksan, Gitanyow and Wet'suwet'en tradespeople or business people. There was quite a response to this! A role model program is needed for our area.  

For more information please call our office at 250.842.2248 or 1.800.650.5518. hamiya'a 

    

GGC Program Developer Role

Oversees the development, facilitation, coordination and administration of all aspects of the innovative social reinvestment strategy, "Bridges to Sucess" project now completed. An evaluation of this social reinvestment strategy will be completed soon and posted when available.

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GGC Social Development Advisor provides technical and administrative support, trouble shooting to the Band Social Worker and Band administration by:

  • Organizing regular meetings to review policy, case management and troubleshooting
  • Community visits, social planning and development of community profiles
  • Work with Social Workers in preparation for program Audit Reviews
  • Provide case consultation on complex cases
  • Advise on and process formal appeals from Band members
  • Interpret and clarify policy for both Social Workers, Administration and Band members

Monitor the Social Development Program and funding provided to communities by:

  • Reviewing monthly reports submitted to GGC to ensure policies and proceedures are adhered to;
  • Complete and submit quarterly and annual reports as required to AANDC as required
  • Ensure reports and proposals for funding are submitted accurately and on time
  • Provide training assistance and file maintenance as may be needed
  • Sandra is available to meet with Chief and Council to discuss the Gitksan social development policy.

Comprehensive Community Planning

GGC in working with Gitanyow, Gitanmaax, Glen Vowell and Kispiox Council, administration & community members has completed the community engagement sessions to develop a 5 year comprehensive community plan. The last year has been spent on figuring out the best way to implement the plans and share with the membership on what has been done. 

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Coming Together as One

COMMUNITY SAFETY: Working with Public Safety Canada, Gitanyow, Gitanmaax, Glen Vowell, Kispiox, Gitanyow Human Services and Gitksan Health have secured funds to work with each community around safety and wellness needs. 

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Social Development

This section provides an outline of the income assistance program, levels of support and the main principles of social development programs.

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Family Development

Outlining the services to support healthy family development.

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