About ONWAA

Our mission is to develop services that reflect native culture in form and content.

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Introduction

The Ontario Native Welfare Administrators' Association (ONWAA) is a professional association committed to providing services to First Nation Social Service Administrators in Ontario.

ONWAA is a First Nation membership owned non-profit organization in Ontario. As ONWAA is a leading professional organization, ONWAA is committed to providing services to First Nation Social Service Administrators in Ontario.  The membership is comprised of Social Service Administrators commissioned to administer social services in Ontario. 
ONWAA is not a political organization and is primarily focused on policy training, personal support, and ensuring professional development to its membership. ONWAA interests lie solely in the well-being of its membership and in the successful delivery of social programs. ONWAA supports each member in pursuing social assistance or the delivery mechanism that will best reflect the unique needs of individual communities. 
ONWAA is committed to providing quality, professional services to First Nation communities while respecting local delivery needs and realities. ONWAA offers support services that are specific to the needs of individual communities. ONWAA takes pride in supporting First Nations to build community capacity and enhance Social Service Administrators’ professional development.  At ONWAA, our strong team of professionals will work closely with you to ensure successful delivery of your social program. 

History

Dedicated to development for over 45 years.....

Kathleen Taylor, of Curve Lake First Nation, founded the Ontario Native Welfare Administrators’ Association (ONWAA) in 1972.  ONWAA’s beginning originated from First Nation Social Services Administrators’ meetings. In these meetings, were discussions about the common practices for the delivery of social assistance in Ontario.  This process continued, until ONWAA organized and became an incorporated entity in the Province of Ontario in 1989.  During this period, ONWAA hired an Executive Director.
The association was further acknowledged and supported, under the All Ontario Chiefs, in Assembly Resolution 92/26. This established a First Nation Social Assistance Training Unit under the direction of the ONWAA Board of Directors. Since that time ONWAA strives to maintain, a fully staffed training unit developed to educate, support, and identify improvements in regard to the delivery of social assistance within Ontario First Nation communities.  
The association was housed in Garden River First Nation, until recently when it moved to Neyaashiinigmiing and is operated by an executive director and staff, and governed by five board of directors and one president. 

Mandate

Goals of the Organization

  • To enhance the sufficiency of First Nation Social Service Administrators in Ontario.
  • To design and deliver curriculum that reflect native culture, value and community realities. 
  • To ensure professional development and support the First Nation Social Assistance Administrators. 
  • To provide input and recommendations for program improvements to First Nation, Provincial and Federal Governments. 
Objectives

Objectives

I.      Coordinate conferences, meetings and training initiatives that will enhance the knowledge of its membership.
II.      Provide policy interpretation and ensure that such interpretations are organized and reflect First Nation community demographics.
III.      Communicate program changes and enhancements to its membership that is easily understood and are consistent with First Nation community demographics.
IV.      Offer recommendations that will augment First Nation Social Assistance program and case management standards.
V.      As requested, provide on-site social assistance training and presentations focusing on social assistance delivery, policy and regulations.
VI.      Act as a reference group for native organizations, governmental bodies, and other agencies on matters that relate to First Nation social assistance programs, delivery and standards.  
Team Members
Lorna Bell Energy Coach
(705) 942-3157
(877) 291-7542
[email protected]
Anjolene Pine Income Assistance Trainer
(705) 942-3157
[email protected]

Mycah Panjaitan Student Support Coach
(705) 942-3157
[email protected]
Hannah Maracle Homemakers Trainer
(705) 942-3157
[email protected]
Lauren McClure Elearn Designer
(705) 989-5506
[email protected]
Ray Fox Artist-in-Residence
(705) 541-8676
[email protected]
Kelsey Leblanc Training Associate Manager
(705) 627-5118
[email protected]
Daphne Tsang Digital Content Creator
(519) 477-2826
[email protected]
Angela Ritchie Income Assistance Trainer
(705) 243-1469 
[email protected]
Chelsea Brunelle Policy and Research Analyst
(705) 795-7182
[email protected]
Gene Taylor Energy Coach
(705) 942-3157
(877) 291-7542 
[email protected]
Muskaan Premji Policy and Research Analyst
(705) 806-1378
[email protected]
Mark Lawerence McLeod Social Program Energy Coach
(705) 942-3157
[email protected]
Jessica Nadjiwon-Smith Executive Director
(705) 942-3157
(705) 942-9993 (fax)
[email protected]
Staci Williams Project Manager
(807) 407-6078
(705) 942-9993 (fax)
[email protected]
Trudy Jacobs Income Assistance Trainer
(705) 482-9673
[email protected] 
Tori Zultek Curriculum Developer
(705) 942-3157
[email protected]