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Social Development

ACFN's Social Development program delivers a number of programs and services to support ACFN members.


Assisted Living Program

The objective of this program is to help eligible low income individuals access supports within their community so they could maintain their independence for as long as possible, this is offered through in home, group home and institutional care.  Basically, the outcome we strive for in this program is to assist the eligible individuals in maintaining functional independence within the community. Some of the functional limitations may be due to old age, disability or health problems and can result in necessary long term care.  A person can only receive program benefits for assisted living services if the person has been formally assessed by the designated health professional from the Nunee health department as required.  The social development officer for the band will assess if the individual does not have the resources to obtain such services themselves and who does not have access to other federal, provincial or local support confirmed by an assessment covering the following:  the family composition and age, as well the financial resources available to the household. 

Child & Family Services

Athabasca Tribal Council's (ATC) Child & Family Services department handles all of the on-reserve child and family service issues. The ultimate goal of this department is to protect children.


For more information contact:

ATC Child & Family Services: 780-713-3437


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Social Assistance Program

As a program of last resort, the purpose of the program is to support eligible individuals and families who are ordinarily resident on reserve with basic needs, special needs, employment and pre-employment measures designed to increase self-reliance, basically to improve life skills and promote greater attachment to the work force.  This program is designed to support access to services to assist clients transition to and remain in the workforce. Indigenous Services Canada provides the funding for this program, but ACFN delivers the programs to members residing in the respective recognized ACFN owned land.


Child out of Parental Home


The COPH program is not intended to be long term support for children.  COPH benefits are issued for the duration the COPH applicant is eligible to receive COPH benefits on the child’s behalf.  The COPH benefits are not a substitute for the provisions of the Child, Youth and family Enhancement Act and must not be issued as such. 

Please note:  The Canada Child Benefit for the child(ren) must follow the child. School age children under 16 years of age are expected to attend school on a full time basis,

For more information, contact:

Pauline White, ACFN Social Development



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