Our department works to take care of all Quatsino First Nation members, both on and off-reserve, by administering programs such as income assistance, mental health, and job readiness. Serving our community is our highest goal.


Our programs are designed to offer support and resources to the Quatsino community in the areas of mental health and general well-being. If you have questions, please refer to our FAQ’s and get in touch with our department. We are happy to help.

Mental health is as important as physical health. If you are struggling with mental health issues, please reach out to us. You can also look to these resources for additional support.


Local resources available in the North Island include:

The support and shelter allowances rates of Indigenous Services Canada Income Assistance Program mirror the income assistance and disabilities assistance rates of the provincial Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction program on reserve.

Details about this program coming soon.

Supports for families are provided by our team which consists of Mental Health Counselor – Ryan Brezzi, our Youth and Family Navigator – Karen Cook and Family Cultural Connections Coordinator – Wade Charlie.

Access the Ministry of Children and Family Development website here.

This program works to provide nutritional breakfast and snacks to school age children, Monday to Friday, before going to school, and snacks to the after-school programs.

Proper nutrition enhances our childrens’ ability to learn and retain information, and to be successful as they continue to learn and grow. The program aims to meet the needs of our children first, as well as lend assistance to low-income families with children.

Community Development Programming

K’ak’ot’lats’i Outdoor Education Program – Community Greenhouse 

Youth Programming

Other community functions supported by Social Development include: Community Christmas Dinners, Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration, Easter, Halloween, Aboriginal Day and more. 

Questions about any of our programs?
Read through our Frequently Asked Questions, or get in touch with us directly.

Department Contacts

Melinda Sheard

Social Development Manager


Ronna Brand

Director of Social Development-Social Worker


Quatsino First Nation

Family Cultural Connections Coordinator

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