The SERDC mental wellness program provides case management, training, program development, and outreach to community members of the Southeast Tribal Council. 

We work in partnership with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) and other mental health/addictions services to provide long-term support following a crisis in-community.

To inquire about any of the mental wellness program services call Ashley Ledwos, Mental Wellness Case Manager: 431-977-0730.

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Indian Residential School / Indian Day School Program

The IRS / IDS program is designed to support former students and their families who are members of the southeast tribal council.

Professional Counselling:

Professional counselling services are provided by credited mental health service providers. This service is coordinated by our IRS/IDS Resolution Health Support Worker(s).

Emotional Supports:

Emotional support services are provided by our IRS/IDS Resolution Health Support Worker(s) to eligible former IRS/IDS students and their families.

Cultural Supports:

Cultural support providers are responsible to provide cultural support to former IRS and IDS students and their families. We offer cultural and ceremonial supports through traditional teachings including sweat lodge ceremonies, sharing circles, pipe ceremonies, cultural camps, land-based workshops, sundances, grieving and loss sessions, life skills sessions, traditional parenting, naming ceremonies, and other ceremonies as requested.


Marie Walker, IRS/IDS Resolution Health Support Worker

Erica Chatelain, IRS/MMWIG2S+ Support Worker 

Damon Maple, Cultural Support Provider

Gabrielle Glowatsky, Cultural Support Provider 

Duncan LeClair, Skaabe 

National Native Addiction Drug Alcohol Program

The National Native Addiction Drug Alcohol Program (NNADAP) Program assists SERDC First Nations members to provide advisory support aimed at preventing, intervening, and providing pre and post-treatment of addictions; including substance abuse of alcohol and other drugs, solvents, gambling, tobacco, and other addictive behaviors.

Our Tribal NNADAP Coordinator offers a variety of in-person training and support services.

Program areas:

  1. Prevention, intervention and harm reduction
  2. Treatment
  3. Training
  4. Research and development


Joyce Clarke, Tribal NNADAP Coordinator & Lead Facilitator

Mental Wellness Outreach

Our mental wellness outreach work involves collaboration with various community service providers to support continuity of care to community members with both mental health and addiction issues. The collaboration of care includes MKO’s crisis response team and community resource teams.

Our team includes a Mental Wellness Outreach Worker whose role is to coordinate treatment and continuity of care plans for First Nation clients. We assist individuals with advocacy, services and support, while engaging them to participate.



Ashley Ledwos, Mental Wellness Case Manager

Charmaine Buium, Mental Wellness Outreach Worker 

Meagan Girard, Mental Wellness Outreach Worker 

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction refers to the policies and practices focused on reducing the problematic effects of alcohol and other drug use, as well as to reducing risky health behaviours. Decrease the spread of sexually-transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs).

Harm reduction is the only global drug policy response that has proven to save lives and money at the same time as increasing quality of life.

Taking a harm reduction approach includes:

  • A focus on the harm not on the substance or behaviour
  • A focus on what the person sees at their most immediate need
  • Acceptance that there are benefits and consequences substance use
  • Acceptance that small gains add up over time
  • A focus on decreasing more immediate harms versus striving for a drug free society
  • Recognition that people know what is best for them
  • The need to give people choice and access to a broad range of options for safety and health
  • Provide testing, treatment, and counselling for STBBIs
  • Confidentially contact sexual and drug-using partners
  • Run safer sex campaigns
  • Recognition that people are doing the best they can with what they have
  • Connect people to health and social services
  • Provide supplies that keep people safe, including condoms, syringes, and safer crack use kits
  • Deliver education to communities and health providers



Helene Estrada, Harm Reduction Response Coordinator 

Cheryl Prince, Tribal Health Educator

F.I.R.E with F.I.R.E Project

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Fully Informed Risk Education with a Foundation of Individual Recovery Experience (F.I.R.E with F.I.R.E) is a response to substance misuse causing harm and overdose in community. It responds to individual needs of community members with the support of 21 peer mentors that will form quick-response teams in each of the SERDC Communities. The main purpose of peer mentors is to utilize a harm reduction approach to educate, support, and mentor community members toward more helpful health outcomes.

Peer Mentors are individuals with lived experience or living experience, or those individuals and family members with past use and current recovery from alcohol, drugs, opiates, or other related substances. Peer Mentors provide early intervention and support in a culturally safe manner while providing support to each community in reducing stigmas associated with substance misuse.

Quick Response Teams will be comprised of up to three peer mentors with lived experience and can be seen as an alternate to calling the Community Health Nurse in charge or the RCMP for assistance.

Training and Support that Peer Mentors receive include overdose awareness training, harm reduction, conflict resolution, first aid instructor certification, naloxone specific training, fentanyl strip testing, addictions medicine, cultural care, information related to the health and social context of Indigenous people, stigma training, lateral violence, self-care, and trauma-informed care.

Harm Reduction sees community wellness as a priority. F.I.R.E with F.I.R.E views substance misuse as a significant mental wellness challenge. It strives to walk alongside members and families who struggle with a compassionate and caring lens, while also being centered on prevention, healing, and wellness as a goal rather than an expectation. This may take time. Harm reduction is about making space to support conversations about preventative health; we all need support getting comfortable talking about uncomfortable things. There is no justice without healing, and healing is all about justice.

Key Principles / Approach of F.I.R.E with F.I.R.E:

  • Meeting people where they are free of judgment or expectation.
  • Walking alongside others with humility, kindness, and compassion.
  • Providing harm reduction supplies, peer-led education campaigns, and training to reduce harms.
  • Wrap-around supports and services in a culturally relevant, safe, and nonjudgemental way.
  • Peers are not affiliated with any system and their main goal is outreach, support, advocacy, mentoring and safe education through providing overdose awareness and prevention.

Prevention of toxic overdose circumstances, while ending isolation for those who use.



Marjorie Bird, Project Coordinator


Peer Mentors:

  • Black River: Shannon Bird, Sarah Peebles
  • Bloodvein: Charlene Greene, Jocelyn Ross
  • Brokenhead: Joni Smith, Rebecca Koutecky
  • Bloodvein: Charlene Greene, Jocelyn Ross
  • Hollow Water: Antonio (Tony) Lindo
  • Little Grand Rapids: Maureen Bittern
  • Poplar River: Skyler McKay
  • Urban Area(s): Charmaine Buium, Meagan Settee


Stanley Kipling, Mental Wellness Program Manager

Justyna Erin, Mental Wellness Administrative Assistant

Marsha Berens, Mental Wellness Administrative Assistant 

Ashley Ledwos, Mental Wellness Case Manager

Charmaine Buium, Mental Wellness Outreach Worker 

Meagan Girard, Mental Wellness Outreach Worker