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Services for First Nations Communities

St.Amant is a comprehensive resource for Manitobans with developmental disabilities and autism. We’re a not-for-profit organization that offers a wide range of programs and services to support individuals and their families.

Through the Jordan’s Principle – Child First Initiative, services are available to First Nations children and youth with developmental disabilities, and their families. Services usually focus on needs in the home or other non-school environments.

They’re entirely voluntary and families may end the service at any time. No travel to Winnipeg for services is necessary.


Psychology services address challenging behaviours such as aggression to individuals or property, self-harm, disruptive behaviours, refusal and non-compliance, inappropriate verbal behaviours or to assist with routines and structure. Goals are set based on the priorities of the family or other care providers.

Nurse consultation is available from a nurse with expertise in pediatrics and developmental disabilities. The nurse can offer many services that include identifying medical issues, such as undiagnosed pain, that could contribute to challenging behaviours.

Family care social work services support families to increase their coping skills, help with advocacy and reduce the risk of family breakdown. Goals could include advocacy, implementing positive parenting strategies or addressing issues like challenging family dynamics.

Counselling services explore what the developmental disability can mean for the individual or the family; or issues of grief and loss. This is not a short-term crisis counselling service.

From experience, St.Amant understands that supporting families and other care providers can allow children achieve better outcomes. That’s why social work and counselling services are open to parents, family members, or other caregivers.

Referral Process         

Referrals can be made by Jordan’s Principle Case Managers and Service Coordinators, staff from schools and other specialized staff clinical or other staff from service providers including Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC), Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre, Frontier School Division, Rehabilitation Centre for Children, St.Amant, and community health or social service staff.

A completed Jordan’s Principle – Child First Initiative Referral Form can be faxed to St.Amant Central Intake at 204-258-7065.

Once St.Amant receives the referral, a clinician or coordinator is in contact to discuss the referral and prepare for service delivery. As a new service, wait times will depend on the number of referrals St.Amant receives.

St.Amant clinicians work as part of a team with other professionals or care providers.

Contact Information

St.Amant Central Intake

T 204.258.7041 F 204.258.7065