At the direction of the Chiefs and leadership, Grand Council Treaty No. 3 works to further Nation building and the exercising of inherent jurisdiction through the advancement of social services (CA-12-10). Through jurisdictional initiatives, Treaty No. 3 is working towards social safety nets that meet community needs. Jurisdiction and advocacy efforts in Social Assistance have currently been focused on addressing inequitable services availability within Treaty No. 3 First Nations. GCT3 participates in provincial social services technical tables with both provincial and federal partners. At these tables, Treaty No. 3 works to educate policy makers on the unique needs, concerns, and context for social services in Treaty No. 3.
Grand Council Treaty No. 3 has also been working towards improved accessibility of Ontario Disability Supports programming for Treaty No. 3. GCT#3 has also been in discussion with Canada regarding their Social Assistance programs. Starting in 2018, several Social Assistance Gatherings were held in Treaty No. 3 to identify needed improvements to the federal Income program. These gatherings identified priorities such as:
- Reducing current system barriers that make applications difficult for clients; (intake forms, multiple application formats for those with/without access to telecommunications)
- Improved program delivery to meet unique community needs
- Increased scope of services covered through programing
Indigenous Services Report on engagement sessions with Indigenous stakeholders can be found here: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/DAM/DAM-ISC-SAC/DAM-AEV/STAGING/texte-text/ev_oria_1557320422981_eng.pdf