Southeast Resource Development Council provides the following Advisory and Technical Services to our eight member First Nations
Kitty Keeper, Social Development Advisor
Kitty has a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Manitoba. Kitty has been a Social Development Advisor for SERDC for the past 14 years providing advice, support and training on administration of INAC’s social development programs. Kitty has worked with the 9 SERDC First Nation communities as well as government agencies and other Aboriginal organizations. She also belongs to the Social Development Advisors Technical Working Group with other Social Development Advisors from each of the 7 Manitoba Tribal Councils and other representatives along with other-independent First Nation representatives.
Betsy Kematch - Membership Coordinator
Betsy has been in Band Membership / Registration Program for the past 35 years. She maintains and updates the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Indian Register for the SERDC First Nation members. She registers new babies and records populations statistics for each of the SERDC communities. She also issues Indian Status cards and processes band member transfers, marriages, divorces and Bill C-31.
Betsy visits each of the SERDC communities on a regular basis to register babies and issue status cards to the band members.
Status card update: As of May 3, 2011 Indian and Northern Affairs Canada will start to issue the new Secure Certificate of Indian Status. To find out more details and information about requirements for the new cards, please go to www.inac.gc.ca or view the attached poster.
Financial Advisory Services
Margaret Bushie / Kim Sinclair, Financial Advisors
Margaret and Kim provide assistance in the financial administration for the SERDC member First Nations financial staff and leadership. They assist the First Nation in maintaining accounting systems & procedures. The main goals of the financial advisory is as follows:
- Increase percentage of unqualified audits in SERDC region;
- Improve internal control at the First Nation level, including supporting documentation, financial regulation and fixed asset control;
- Effective system development designed to improve First Nation management with useful and timely information;
- Improve quality of audit reports, and the achievement of professional and self-improvement goals for First Nation staff.
Environmental Health Advisory Services
Shaun Miles / Mike Fontaine, Environmental Health Advisors
Shaun and Mike provide advice, guidance, education, public health inspections and recommendations to SERDC First Nations and their leadership to help them manage public health risks associated with the environment. They gather data required to analyze what steps can be taken to promote public health in SERDC First Nation communities.
The Environmental Health Program includes: Drinking Water; Food Safety; Health & Housing; Wastewater; Solid Waste Disposal; Facility Inspections; Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Contaminants.
They visit communities regularly to do inspections, investigations and provide education and training sessions. Other activities are completed as required, upon request of Chiefs and Councils.
The main services the technical unit provides is community planning and technical services.
The objective is to promote sustainable social, economic and physical development in First Nation communities by assisting, advising and training member First Nations in a broad range of community activities such as:
Formulation, planning. implementing and maintaining community development strategies;
Producing and/or analyzing studies, inventories, social analysis, impact assessments on the development and use of the community resources; and
Building human resource capacity.
The purpose in technical services is to build capacity, provide economies of scale and improve the quality of life for First Nation communities by assisting, advising and training member First Nations in a broad range of technical services activities such as:
- Planning, designing, managing, operating, and maintaining community facilities and infrastructure;
- Develop five-year plans for technical services;
- Apply policies, standards, codes and regulations for technical services;
- Capacity building with professional associations and governments;
- Coordinating training and development programs, staff selection and recruitment: and providing risk management. engineering services, special programs. Inspections for CMHC Sec 95, RRAP and commercial buildings;
- Phase I Environmental Site Assessments.
Sidney Seymour, Engineer
Jennifer Cook, Technical Advisor
Henry Hildebrand, Capital/Housing Advisor
Arnold Mitchell, Capital/Housing Advisor
Todd Barker, Maintenance Coordinator
Gail Seymour, Administrative Assistant