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.
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.
The Urban Office provides mail courier service to and from the urban office to better serve the community members.
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
Jodie Delorme, Interim Coordinator
Janice Lerat, Reception/Admin