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Urban Department

The Cowessess Urban Office was established in 2002 to deliver programs and services to membership residing off-reserve. To access programs, applicants must submit an application. The Cowessess First Nation has approximately 4010  Band Members, 836 of which reside on-reserve status lands. With 3174 residing off reserve representing  80% of the population off-reserve, there is a high demand for off-reserve programs and services. Regina is home to 1,000 Members, our largest concentration of Members. Our non-resident population can be denied services by the Provincial governments, as the Provinces claim First Nations are a Federal responsibility. 

Additional programs and services anticipated in the near future include: addictions services; urban housing; and community engagement in the near future. Watch for job postings in these areas. Cowessess is also actively working to sign an agreement to deliver the Aboriginal Human Resource Development Strategy in Regina. 

Cowessess Urban Department prepares applications and proposals for additional services. These services are culturally-based and include: Healing Gatherings; Winter Sweat Lodge; Boy’s Drum Group; Women’s Singing and Sewing Circle; Junior Chief and Council and Pow-Wow Dancing. By providing cultural services, we hope to promote a positive sense of First Nations identity, and also a respectful activity in which our youth can participate. We are always looking for activities that will bring our youth together

The Urban Department is always looking to expand on current services. The growth is more organic and includes expansions to existing services or areas that compliment current activities. 

Current programs and services are as follows: 

Membership Assistance 

The purpose is to provide non-resident members with assistance to attend unforeseen events such as: emergency assistance; supporting ill family members; or immediate family funerals where assistance is not otherwise available. 

Mobility Assistance Program (MAP)

MAP is designed to assist members with special equipment when all other resources have been exhausted. Examples of this are wheelchairs, motorized or standard. Therapeutic beds and mattresses prescribed by a family physician. Other accessories based on the needs of the individual. Please note that equipment purchased on behalf of the individual remains the property of the Cowessess First Nation. Once the items and/or equipment are no longer required then it is to be returned to the office where it will be refurbished and reassigned.

Transitional Allowance Program (TAP)

TAP may provide non-resident members with a contribution to support their transition towards employment. Subject to program maximums, this support may include: short term training; relocation assistance; uniforms attire; tools and equipment. This program does not provide a long-term education or training program or a living allowance. 

Urban Vehicle Program 

The primary use for the Urban Vehicle is to attend wakes and funerals; group recreation activities; emergency and cultural events. The Urban Vehicle is available to individual/groups; they must abide by the guidelines set forth. Bookings is on a first come; first serve basis. Bookings are subject to Two Hundred Dollar ($200) deposit with Thirty Dollars ($30) non-refundable for in-province. Bookings are subject to Three Hundred Dollar ($300) deposit with Sixty Dollars ($60) non-refundable for out-of-province. The primary driver and secondary driver must be approved by SGI before vehicle is released. 

Youth Assistance Program (YAP) - School

This program is designed to assist non-resident elementary and high school students (K-12) residing in the urban centers. The program provides direct payment or reimbursement of mandatory school fees, where assistance is not otherwise available. This program does not provide assistance with student transportation, physical education attire, lunch-time monitor fees or backpacks. 

Youth Assistance Program (YAP) – Sports 

This program provides non-resident Band members financial assistance for sports fees for children and youth up to the age of twenty (20) years, they must be attending an educational institution. This program provides direct payment or reimbursement for mandatory school fees, where assistance is not otherwise available. Supplies will either be issued to the caregivers of the child/youth for the school year or receipts will be reimbursed upon eligibility. 

Activity Assistance Program 

This program provides non-resident Band member with financial assistance for school, club or activity transportation. Assistance provided for travel shall be limited to mileage, hotel and meals based on the Band’s Social Assistance rates. To qualify, the applicant must be up to including the age of Twenty (20) years and must be attending an education institution. 

Home Ownership Project (HOP)

HOP is available to non-resident members who are first-time home buyers. Provided all the necessary documentation is received and validated, this program provides a down payment grant of 5% of the home’s purchase price, to the maximum of $5,000. 

The Home Renovation Program (HRP)

This program will provide funding to non-resident Senior Band Members requiring renovations to bring their house to a minimum standard of health and safety and to individuals with disabilities who require accessibility renovations. 

Eligibility for this program, the applicant must be a registered band member; Senior (55 & over); provide proof of ownership; own house for a minimum of 5 years; demonstrate the need to alleviate health deficiencies in the home. 

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for one of two grants. Provide original receipts for labour and material costs up to $2,500. HRP will match the applicant’s contribution upon receiving original receipts for labour and material costs up to $5,000. 
 
Regina Seniors Circle
 
The Regina Seniors Circle consists of seniors residing in the City of Regina. The Seniors gather on a monthly basis to discuss areas of concern and offer recommendations to improve the quality of life for the seniors living in an urban setting. The Regina Seniors Circle organize fundraising activities such as Bingos, Raffles and Basket Socials. The proceeds go to a yearly excursion to a destination that is agreed by all participants. 

Urban Shuttle/Courier

A transportation service for membership is provided to and from the reserve. The Van leaves the urban office every Friday – 8:30 AM and leaves the Band office at 1:00 PM and returns to the urban office at 2:30 PM. This service must be booked in advance by calling the office. Transportation service is only provided from the Urban office to Band office, passengers must make other arrangements to their destinations. 

The Urban Office provides mail courier service to and from the urban office to better serve the community members.

OUR MISSION AND VISION

Our Mission is to develop a political, cultural, socio-economical and educational base awhile advocating, assisting, capacity building and implementing programs and services.

Our Vision is to achieve self-sufficiency and to continue to improve the quality of life for our community and its membership.
 
Cowessess Urban Office
444 McLeod St
Regina, Sk.  S4N 4X1
Phone:  (306) 522-5558
Fax:  (306) 522-5559
 
Councillor Responsible for Urban Office - Valerie Tanner
 
Staff:
Jodie Delorme, Interim Coordinator
Janice Lerat, Reception/Admin
 
 
 
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