Programs and Services
Family Support Program
Funded by the Ministry of Social Services. The objective of the program is to move the family toward adequate, independent functioning without Ministry of Social Services Child Protection involvement. To provide direct support services to fami-lies in the family home by strengthening communication and problem solving skills, enhancing family cohesion, while decreasing the number of children coming into the care of the Ministry.
Services provided are Parenting programs and skills, Home visiting and drop in support.
Mental Health Support Program - Cope and Summer Regional Camp for Mental Health
Funded by the Kelsey Trail Health Region – the COPE program supports people diagnosed with schizophre-nia, depression, bi-polar disorder and other chronic mental health problems.
Twice each week the group meets with the Oasis Out-reach Worker, Volunteers and the Mental Health Nurse to carry out the various social and recreation activities. Some of the activities are games, travel videos, boating, drawing, dancing, ice fishing, and fundraising in the community.
In addition, the program provides vocational work op-portunities, home support, birthday recognition and advocacy work.
The program is very dependent on volunteers and the Oasis is fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers that contribute their time, compassion, encourage-ment and support to the program.
Child Development and Nutrition, Culture, Literacy and Community Inclusion Program
Funded by the Ministry of Education, TIP and the Community Initiatives Fund. This program teaches good nutrition practices for children, youth and families, and helps develop independent living skills for children and their families including new ways to prepare food, budgeting, shopping, safe food handling and preserving. Also includes Cree culture and language, literacy, outdoor and community activities. The youth are picked up at school and driven home after the program. The Oasis also provides support and transportation for the youth to attend the Nipawin Air Cadet program and Girl guide program.
Family Literacy Program - Northeast Hub
The Nipawin Oasis has become the 11th Family Literacy Hub Service provider serving the northeast of the province with funding from the Ministry of Education— Provincial Library and Literacy Office. The primary objective is to ensure that Northeast families have access to family literacy programs, services and supports to strengthen literacy development at home and in their community.
Current Family Literacy programs offered at the Oasis are:
Parent and Tot Day - Second Tuesday of every month 11—1 Youth Literacy—after school Mon.—Thurs.
Traditional Time—Family Literacy—Every Wed from 10—3
“Try a Tool” program—April—June (scheduled dates)
Summer Family Literacy camp—July & August Family Literacy Weeks—Christmas Break, Feb. Winter Break and Easter Break
Jan. 27 - Family Literacy Day Celebration
June 21—National Aboriginal Day and Intergenerational learning
Sept. 25—Culture Days—Intergenerational learning
Computer & Internet usage—public use
Library Resources - includes Cultural resources and Red Earth History
Facebook: (don't need to be a member of facebook to access the groups)
Nipawin Oasis Parenting group— https://www.facebook.com/groups/1456353187932702/
Nipawin Oasis Cultural group—https://www.facebook.com/groups/1435786793328133/
Nipawin Oasis Recipe group—https://www.facebook.com/groups/388745721263475/
Nipawin Oasis Craft group—https://www.facebook.com/groups/1487451708143078/
Literacy Programs -
providing culturally relevant family literacy programs in NIpawin and partnering with Red Earth Cree nation to provide this at Red Earth. Provide literacy gatherings and educational events
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Cree Culture and Language is included in all youth and family programming.
Healing/Sharing Circle - meets bi weekly with Elders from James Smith bi-weekly.
Traditional Time - with Harriet Burns every Wednesday from 10-3 includes traditional foods, beadwork, moccasins and storytelling.
National Aboriginal Day - celebrated every June 21 at the Oasis
Culture Days - celebrated last friday in Sept.
Honouring Indigenous Inspirational Women of Change Dinner and Discussion
Women and Girls Exploring Trades & Technology Program
Purpose is to identify and provide opportunities to prepare First Nation and Metis girls, youth and women from Nipawin and surrounding First Nation communities for technology and trades careers.
"Try a Tool" Program -
This is a continuation of a project that began in 2013 with 23 hands on activities that engaged youth towards utilizing tools that would encourage them to consider trades as a possible career. Due to the success of the project it has been expanded and enhanced this year to over 40 hands on activities involving Cree language and culture, math, science, mechanical, processes, various trades skills, and electrical activities.
"Try a Tool" page
This was a partnership with the Nipawin Oasis, Arborfield school and in-structor Munden Coates along with Handiworks and Gary Schenstead for providing the space. This was a 7 week carpentry program held in the fall of 2014. The girls made a pic-nic table, hockey stick, a jigger doll, and a David Wakefield movable wooden toy. We would like to thank Munden Coates for being such a wonderful instructor that made the lessons so much fun :)
Spring of 2014 - also held a Residential Renovation and Construction program