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Family Health

First Nations Child Welfare in New Brunswick (2011)

Anna Kozlowski, Vandna Sinha, & Judy Levi.  This information sheet presents an overview of the current structure of First Nations child welfare in New Brunswick as it was in 2011.

Jordan's Principal Service Coordinators and Federal Staff - Atlantic Region

Service Coordinators - Atlantic Region
Federal Staff

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

FASD encapsulates conditions previously known as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and the milder form, Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE). FASD is caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy, and results in a pattern of birth defects which affect both the body and the functioning of the brain.


Natasha Francis                     
Indian Island
(Tel.) 506-523-1913
(Fax) 506-523-8110
Contact by Email

Kim Harrison
Fort Folly
(Tel.) 506-379-3409
(Fax) 506-379-3408
Contact by Email

Jolyne Knockwood
Fort Folly
(Tel.) 506-379-3409
(Fax) 506-379-3408
Contact by Email

Paige Hambrook
Eel Ground
(Tel.) 506-627-4651
(Fax) 506-627-4715
Contact by Email

Christine LeBlanc
Eel River Bar
(Tel.) 506-684-6292
(Fax) 506-684-6340

Tracy Gray
(Tel.) 506-574-8005
(Fax) 506-545-6968
Contact by Email

Jaime Ward
(Tel.) 506-836-6165
(Fax) 506-836-0006
Contact by Email

Lisa Steeves
(Tel.) 506-743-2524
(Fax) 506-743-2523
Contact by Email

Maternal Child Health Program (MCH)


All children in the participating communities will be born healthy to loving parents, and will have support within their extended families and communities to grow and thrive in their Mi'kmaq and Maliseet cultures.


Our goal is to reach out to all parents and caretakers in the community and offer the support and resources needed to promote healthy childhood growth and development. We will work with each family's individual strengths and needs, and provide them with the tools and resources needed to build a foundation for strong family functioning.


Mallory Paul
Maternal Child Health Supervisor
(Tel.) (506) 627-4611
(Fax) (506) 627-4613
Contact by Email

Jolyne Knockwood
Maternal Child Health Coordinator
Fort Folly
(Tel.) (506) 327-3409
(Fax) (506) 379-3808
Contact by Email

Lisa Steeves
Maternal Child Health Coordinator
(Tel.) (506) 743-2524
(Fax) (506) 743-2523
Contact by Email

Mildred Metallic
Maternal Child Health Coordinator
Eel River Bar
(Tel.) (506) 683-6297
(Fax) (506) 684-6282
Contact by Email

Lisa LaTulippe
Maternal Child Health Coordinator
(Tel.) (506) 352-0684
Contact by Email

Catherine Bernard
Maternal Child Health Coordinator
(Tel.) (506) 739-9765
(Fax) (506) 735-1446
Contact by Email

For information purposes regarding ASD

Any inquiries please contact Linda Waite Contact by Email

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Exclusive breast-feeding shows a direct epidemiological relationship to autism," and also, "the longer the duration of exclusive breast-feeding, the greater the correlation with autism.”(13)

First-born children, compared with later-born, have the highest rate of autism,1 and they also have the highest exposure to breastfeeding, in rates,2a in duration,2b and in concentrations of developmental toxins contained in the milk.2c

Autism risk declines progressively from first-born to second-born, to third-born children, and continues downward to fourth-born children;1  and breastfeeding rates, duration and concentrations of toxins contained in breast milk decline from first to later children.2a, 2b, 2c (Toxin levels are reduced as a result of excretion to earlier-born infants during previous nursing.) Fourth-born children have less exposure to breastfeeding frequency,2a duration,2b and toxins contained2c, and they also have half the autism risk compared with first-born children.1  

3½-year-olds: a history of breastfeeding was related to less-sustained attention and signs of hyperactive behavior were associated with higher postnatal levels of PCBs, mainly predicted by breastfeeding duration. 6a  

4-year-old children with higher current body burden of PBDEs were found to have over 2½ times the risk of poor social competence (a basic autism-related trait), compared with less-exposed children.5  Comparative exposure data shows a nearly 3-to-1 difference in levels of PBDEs in breastfed as compared with formula-fed children at age 4,

ASD increased in the U.S. during recent decades while the children being diagnosed had been breastfed at increasing rates;7 concentrations of PBDEs (a strongly-suspected neurodevelopmental toxin) in the breast milk also greatly increased during that period.8

During the general period of 2004-2010 in the U.K. children autism rates were not increasing while breastfeeding rates were also basically level. This stable level of autism prevailed in the U.K. while autism rates were reported to have increased in the U.S. along with increases in breastfeeding rates.11b 


The Emerging Link between Wireless and Autism  ....began to notice higher rate of autism among the children of parents who worked at Microsoft..

Publications @ www.pollutionaction.org/

For additional information please contact Linda Waite Contact by Email

Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI)

Tel: 506-458-9444
Fax: 506-458-2850

Raven LaBillois

Contact by Email

Debbie Fearneley
Contact by Email

Raven LaBillois
Diabetes Community Consultant
Health, Wellness and Fitness

Type 2 diabetes is a health concern among Canada's First Nations and Inuit. First Nations on reserve have a rate of diabetes three to five times higher than that of other Canadians. Rates of diabetes among the Inuit are expected to rise significantly in the future given that risk factors such as obesity, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating patterns are high.  The Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI) Program at the Union of New Brunswick Indians was established in 2000 as the national program was introduced to address the alarming rates of Type 2 Diabetes among First Nations communities.


Reduce Type 2 Diabetes among Aboriginal people by supporting:
• health promotion
• primary prevention activities
• services delivered by trained community diabetes workers & health service providers


To deliver a range of primary prevention, screening and treatment programs in partnership with First Nation Communities, Tribal Councils, First Nations organizations, Inuit community groups and Provincial and Territorial governments.

• prevention,
• health promotion,
• screening and
• care management initiatives

These programs are community-based and culturally appropriate.  Through these activities, the ADI supports prevention, health promotion, screening and care management initiatives that are community-based and culturally appropriate


• Diabetes in pre-pregnancy and pregnancy;
• Community-led food security planning to improve access to healthy foods, including traditional and market foods;
• Enhanced training and support for health professionals on clinical practice guidelines and chronic disease management strategies.


Childhood Obesity ... Let's "Step" Towards a Healthier Future - presented at ANTEC 2010

One popular annual event is the ADI School Walking Challenge held in November each year to raise awareness of diabetes prevention during Diabetes Month.

2015 Champions of ADI Walking Challenge
Grade 5 Students at Chief Harold Sappier Memorial Elementary School
St. Mary's First Nation

Diabetes Community Consultants (Certified Diabetes Educators)
Union of NB Indians Vicki Thomas 506-458-9444
Union of NS Indians Ann Gottschall 902-863-8455
MAWIW Inc. Laurie Ann Nicholas 506-461-2965
Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq         Kayla Thomas 902-890-0601

Metepenagiag School Students Complete Chef's Toolkit Cooking Classes 2015

Aboriginal Headstart on-Reserve (AHSOR)

Contact by Email
(Tel.) 506-458-9444
Fax:  506-458-2850

Marie Levi-Gorman
Coordinator, Atlantic Canada


1.   Collaborate with First Nations, Inuit, governments, and community partners in the regions to improve the coordination of and access to maternal and child health and healthy child development programs and services

2.   Aid the development, delivery and management of culturally appropriate programs, services and initiatives for First Nations living on-reserve and Inuit living in Inuit communities, providing increased support for women and families with young children from preconception through pregnancy, birth and parenting by:

  • supporting the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of the children living in the Atlantic Region
  • supporting and encouraging each child to enjoy life long learning
  • supporting parents and guardians as the primary teachers and care givers of their children
  • helping parents to play a major part in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the project
  • recognizing and supporting the role of the extended family in teaching and caring for children including the broader First Nations community throughout all of its stages, from planning to evaluation
  • ensuring linkages and cooperation with other community programs and services to enhance the effectiveness of the projects
  • ensuring resources are used in the best way possible in order to produce measurable and positive outcomes for children living in the Atlantic Region, as well as their parents, families and communities

Six Components:

Culture and Language


Health Promotion


Social Support

Parent and Family Involvement

AHSOR Coordinators & Associates

New Brunswick 

Buctouche First Nation 
9 Reserve Road
Buctouche, NB
E4S 4G2

Lisa Peralta
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-743-2173
Fax 1-506-743-2523

Joanne Brun Cormier, Supervisor
4 Directions, Child & Family Services
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-743-2171

 Burnt Church First Nation  
590 Micmac Rd
Burnt Church, NB
E9G 2C2

Mavis Mitchell, Coordinator
Tel. 1-506-776-1210
Fax 1-506-776-1214

Claudette Doiron
Child & Family Services Director
Tel. 1-506-776-1248

Eel Ground First Nation
47 Church Road
Eel Ground, NB
E1V 4E6

Heidi Ginnish, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-627-4612
Fax 1-506-627-4729  

Byron Bushey, Supervisor
Child & Family Services

Eel River Bar First Nation
11 Main Street, Unit 201
Eel River Bar, NB
E8C 1A1

Cher Bjourndal, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-684-6305
Fax 1-506-684-6280  

Lise Degrace, Director
Child & Family Services

Elsipogtog First Nation
361 Big Cove Road
Big Cove, NB
E4W 2S3

Peggy Clement, Coordinator
ECE Programs
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-523-8477

Fort Folly First Nation
38 Bernard Trail
Dorchester, NB

Jolyne Knockwood, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-379-3409
Fax 1-506-379-3408

Joanne Brun Cormier, Supervisor

4 Directions Child & Family Services
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-743-2171

Indian Island First Nation
179 Island Drive
Indian Island, NB
E4W 1T1  

Anna Augustine, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-523-4875,   (Fax) 1-506-523-8110

Joanne Brun Cormier, Supervisor
4 Directions Child & Family Services
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-743-2171  

Kingsclear First Nation  
721 Church Street
Kingsclear, NB
E3E 1K8  

Veronica Atwin-Sacobie, Coordinator
Contact by Email   
Tel. 1-506-363-4047
Fax 1-506-363-4829

Gary Sacobie, Director
Child & Family Services

Madawaska First Nation
1771 Main Street
Edmunston, NB
E7C 1W9

Sue Belanger, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-739-7143
Fax 1-506-739-0913

Catherine Bernard, Health Director
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-735-1746

Metepenagiag First Nation
PO Box 293, 59 Mountain Rd
Red Bank, NB
E9E 2P2

Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-836-6165

Joanne Brun-Cormier, Director
4 Directions Child & Family Services
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-743-2171

Oromocto First Nation
P.O. Box 417
Oromocto, NB
E2V 2J2

Virginia Buchanan, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-357-3570
Fax. 1-506-357-3572

Pabineau First Nation
1290 Pabineau Falls Road
Pabineau, NB
E2A 7M3

Amanda Peter-Paul, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-548-9211
Fax 1-506-545-6968  

Joanne Brun Cormier, Supervisor
4 Directions Child & Family Services
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-743-2171   

St. Marys First Nation
59 Maliseet Drive
Fredericton, NB
E3A 5R8

Jennifer Paul (acting), Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-472-4530
Fax 1-506-472-5600

Tobique First Nation
240 Main Street
Tobique , NB
E7H 4Z2

Judy Perley, AHSOR Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-273-5408
Fax 1-506-273-5432

Woodstock First Nation
6 Eagles Nest Drive
Woodstock, NB
E7M 4J3

Janet Paul , AHSOR Coordinator
Contact by Email
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-506-328-4332
Fax 1-506-324-6254

Nova Scotia 

Acadia First Nation
10526 Highway 3
Yarmouth, NS, B5A 4A8

Rena Falls, AHSOR Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-742-6928
Fax 1-902-742-4143

Marsha Boudreau, Band Manager
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-742-0257

Annapolis First Nation
58 Goo-ow Lane
Cambridge, NS, B0P 1G0

Mindy Gallant-Zwicker, AHSOR Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-538-1048

Christine MacFarlane, Health Director
Contact by Email

Bear River First Nation
P.O. Box 210
Bear River, NS, B0S 1B0

Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-467-4193

Christine Potter, Health Director
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-467-4197
Fax 1-902-467-4143

Eskasoni First Nation
P.O. Box 7745, 44 Spencer Lane
Eskasoni, NS, B1W 1A1

June Lewis, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-379-2232

Sharon Rudderham, Health Director
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-379-3200
Fax 1-902-379-2875

Glooscap First Nation
P.O. Box 449,
157 Smith Road
Hantsport , NS
B0P 1P0

Connie Pineo, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-684-
Fax 1-905-681-9890

Indian Brook First Nation
Micmac Post Office
Hants County, NS
B0N 1W0

Patsy Micheal, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-758-3788
Fax 1-902-758-1290

Membertou First Nation
113 Membertou Street
Sydney, NS
B1S 2M9

Anita Doucette, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-562-1121
Fax 1-902-562-6909

Dan Googoo, Education Director

Millbrook First Nation
P.O. Box 634,
812 Willow Street
Truro, NS
B2N 5E5

Sylvia Martin, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-897-1249 Ext. 10
Fax 1-902-839-3665

Elizabeth Paul, Health Director
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-895-9468

Paq'nkek First Nation
20 Dillion Street RR #1
Afton, NS
B0H 1A0

Starlene Pictou, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-386-2244
Fax 1-902-386-2631

Juliana Julian, Health Director
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-386-2048

Pictou Landing First Nation 
P.O. Box 116,
Site 6 RR#2
Trenton, NS
B0K 1X0

Pam Paul, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-755-9954

Sheila Francis, Education Director
Fax 1-902-750-4916

Potlotek First Nation
P.O. Box 588,
351 Blackland Road
Chapel Island, NS
B0E 3B0

Lorena Tracey, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-535-2307
Fax 1-902-535-3428

Nancy MacLeod, Education Director
342 Sitimuk Rd., Chapel Island First Nation,
Compartment 588
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-535-3160 Ext. 222

Wagmatcook First Nation
P.O. Box 30004,
73 humes Road
Wagmatcook, NS
B0E 3N0

Neilene Peck, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-295-2357
Fax 1-902-295-1975

Audrey Piero, Manager, Child & Youth Employment

We'kogma'q First Nation
P.O. Box 241
Whycocomagh, NS
B0E 3M0

Renita Bernard, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-756-2480

Jennifer MacDonald, Health Director
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-756-2393

Newfoundland and Labrador

Mushuau First Nation 
PO Box 190,
Natuashish, NL
A0P 1A0  

Simeon Poker, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-709-478-2404

Kathleen Benuen, Health Director
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-709-478-8892

Miawpukek First Nation 
Conne River Health & Social Services
Conne River, NL
A0H 1J0

Jackie John, Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-709-882-2710

Theresa O’Keefe, Health Director
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-709-883-5102

Prince Edward Island

Abegweit First Nation
P.O. Box 36, 85 Glooscap Dr
Mount Stewart, PEI, C0A 1T0  

Mary Baird, AHSOR Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-676-2412

Gerard Gould, Health Director
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-676-2175
Fax 1-905-676-2734

Lennox Island 
237 Sweet Grass Trail
Lennox Island, PEI, C0B 1J0

Lori Ellsworth, AHSOR Coordinator
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-831-3480

Tammy  Arsenault, Wellness Director/CHR
Contact by Email
Tel. 1-902-831-2711

Home and Community Care

Contact by Email
Tel:  506-458-9444
Fax:  506-458-2850

Elaina Bigras (RNBN)
Coordinator, N.B. & P.E.I.


To implement the First Nations and Inuit Home and Community Care by;

1.  To build capacity within First Nations in N.B. & P.E.l to plan, develop and deliver comprehensive, culturally-sensitive, accessible and effective home care services; and

2.  To provide coordination services for First Nations in N.B. & P.E.l. that will allow the development of a H & CC Program which recognizes the need for culturally sensitive, integrated care services under First Nations control that will be appropriate, comprehensive, accessible, effective and equitable to that of other citizens of Canada

FNIHCC 10 Year Plan (2013-2023)

Professional Associations

Elder Care Working Group
Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs
Report on Activities – 2012/2013

Elder Care

Atlantic First Nations Elder Care Strategic Action Plan 2015-2020

 Atlantic First Nation Communities' Elder Support Groups

Contact name
& Number


ABEGWEIT, PEI Yes Monthly       Ashley Jadis
(902) 676-3007 Ext. 224
LENNOX ISLAND, PEI Yes Marlene Maclennan
{902) 831 2711


ESKASONI, NS Yes Sheila Morris
(902) 379 2540
GLOOSCAP, NS Yes Monthly Terrell Mudge
{902) 684 9353
"Club 55"
Monthly Gloria Nicholas
{902) 564 6466
MILLBROOK, NS Yes Monthly Lavinia Brooks
(902) 895 9468
"IRS" Group
"IRS" Group
(902) 758 2063
Chief Norman
WAYCOBAH, NS Yes Andrea Curry


EEL GROUND, NB Yes Monthly Kerlan Francis
(506) 627 4633
EEL RIVER BAR, NB Yes Monthly Judy Labillois
{506) 684 6334
ELSIPOGTOG, NB Yes Margaret Ann Milliea
{506) 523 8200 Ext.4617
ESGENOOPETITJ, NB Yes Weekly Contanace Mattalic
{506) 779 5674
KINGSCLEAR, NB Yes Lynn Dunmar
{506) 362 3028 Ext.103
Margaret Paul
(902) 357 1027
TOBIQUE, NB Yes Monthly Qwen Bernard
(506) 273 9315


MIAWPUKEK, NL Yes Weekly Maggie Johns
(709) 882 2287
NATUASHISH, NL Unknown Kathleen Benuen
(709) 478 8871
(709) 899 0879