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Shawn Scotchman is our Social Development Worker. He has worked at the T’it’q’et Administration for over five years after being a Tribal Police. He received his Bachelor of General Studies at Simon Fraser University and Master of Science in Human Services. He is a father of five and grandfather of 3 boys with one on the way.




Basic Income Assistance 

Income assistance is temporary funds to assist with basic needs of food and shelter until one is able to regain financial independence.  The program is income tested.  When calling to make an appointment please keep in mind it takes 2-4 business days to process a complete application.  

If forms or information is missing from the file, it will delay processing.

Eligibility for Basic Income Assistance:

  • Must be between the ages of 19 and 64
  • Must provide proof of financial need
  • Live on one of the T’it’q’et Administration reserves
  • Applicant can be status or non-status, and does not need to be a band member
  • If you live on commercial property such as a registered trailer court:
    • Non-Aboriginal applicant must apply with ministry
    • Status Aboriginal applicant can apply at reserve Social Development office

How to Apply For Basic Income Assistance

Definition of Income

  • Earned income – wages, rent payments to you, fishing, carving, art, self-employed income.
  • Unearned income – E.I, honorariums, Pensions, Worker’s Compensation payments, ICBC claims, Bingo or gambling winnings
  • Residential School reconciliation payments are not seen as income

Keeping File Open:

  • Hand in a signed Renewal form
  • Hand in a copy of your monthly Work Search Activities Record form
  • If you get a notice from worker about missing information, ensure the information is into worker ASAP so as not to delay monthly IA cheque
  • Update your worker on any changes to your situation or income as soon as possible so as not to delay monthly IA cheque. 

 "An inclusive, holistic and culturally-based social development system under
 First Nation jurisdiction and control that builds healthy, safe and
 sustainable communities."

 "The Income Assistance program vision is one in which individuals and
 families have access to a nationally consistent set of integrated programs
 that provide basic financial assistance and active services and social
 supports to enable them to improve their life chances, and strengthen
 self-sufficiency and community participation."

 "The National Child Benefit Reinvestment Initiative is one in which children
 and families benefit from complementary program supports that will
 strengthen their well-being."

 "To provide a comprehensive continuum of care ranging from home support to
 higher levels of care in a variety of physical environments within
 communities and through integration of Home and Community Care, Assisted
 Living and other available supports so that First Nations & Inuit
 communities and settlements will have a range of available care options that
 are culturally appropriate."

 "The Family Violence Prevention Program is culturally relevant and uses a
 collaborative approach to enhance and enrich programming to ensure healthy,
 safe families and sustainable communities."

 "First Nations communities and agencies actively working together to provide
 access to community resources and services that support the safe, healthy
 development of children and youth within their families and cultural


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