Elsipogtog Health
& Wellness Centre
Community Wellness Development


Community Wellness and Development coordinates and facilitates its implementation by supporting and securing funds for the community and youth services.

Community, Leisure, and Culture Development (CLCD) provides recreational, sport and cultural services to the community.  CLCD provides a weekly drop in service for youth ages 7—18 called “Safe Space”.  Staff also run a March Break program, seasonal activities and events, and a 6 week summer camp program for youth.  CLCD provides sports events and leagues, cultural dances and craft classes and many other cultural related events and activities.  It also organizes and implements community events of Elsipogtog First Nation.

The main challenge is sustainable funding.  The CLCD has gone through periods of expansion and contraction, depending on the availability of funds from targeted projects.  Participation in events and regular activities is negatively affected by having to stop delivering programs after they have built a loyal base.



Highlights 2013-2014

  • Safe Space Drop-in Centre successful
  • Increase in attendance at cultural activities
  • New partnership with elder programming
  • Family Dances are enjoyed by all
  • National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) Project
  • Nogemag Camp
  • NB Aboriginal Summer Games
  • EPIC Youth Group
  • Elsipogtog Footnall Team


  • Arena
  • Communications
  • Elsipogtogoei
  • CLCD
  • March Break Programming
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Summer Camp Programming
  • Elsipogtog Powwow
  • Mini Powwow
  • Halloween Party
  • Santa Claus Parade
  • Safe Space Drop-in Centre
  • Shawl Dancing lessons
  • Jingle Dancing lessons
  • Beading Classes
  • Drumming Classes
  • Elsipogtog Day Activities
  • Elder-Youth Sessions
  • Computer Access
  • Wellness/Prevention Project


CLCD participants
Safe Space Drop-in(weekly) 40
Cultural Activities 56
March Break Programming  75
Easter Egg Hunt 19
Summer Camp Programming 175
Powwow 2000
Elsipogtog Day 400
Halloween Party 95
Winter Carnival  400




CLCD has regular weekly programming for youth and also in collaboration with EHWC we support regular Elder drop ins at the youth center also. CLCD also hosts many monthly and annual events for community members of all ages.


This past reporting period we have :

Culture –

  • Tuesday nights Beading and Grass Dancing Classes

  • Wednesdays Drum Group practice

  • Thursdays Shawl and Jingle Dance practice

  • Organized Community Annual powwow

  • Collaborated with local schools to host mini powwows 

  • Meeting with seamstress to make regalia for youth center dancers

  • Oasoeg Collaborated with other CLCD workers to help with various community events as well

  • Collaborated with NAYSPS worker for Aboriginal Day events and teachings(sessions) at the Elsipogtog School


Safe Space-

  • Open for drop in Monday to Friday from 4-8:30pm

  • Organized family dances and events(parties) in collaboration with Events coordinator

  • Worked in collaboration with all staff to host some community events and summer camp


Community Events –

  • Easter Egg Hunt

  • Fundraising

  • Summer camp in collaboration with CLCD staff

  • Helped to organize and run powwow with culture worker

  • Elsipogtog Day

  • National Childs day

  • Organized Elders events and drop ins, in collaboration with EHWC staff

  • Organized family dances and events with Safe Space staff


Naysps Activities –

  • Proud of who we are sessions at Elsipogtog School

  • Sharing and smudging circles at Elsipogtog School

  • Kent Prevention walk

  • Youth Culture camps

  • Information booths

  • Aboriginal Day Activities

  • Colaborated with CLCD staff to do cultural activities for summer camp

  • World suicide prevention day / walk

  • Cultural crafts workshop with cultural exchange students

  • Regular suicide prevention meetings

  • Organized and ran craft workshops at the elder drop in

  • Organized survivors of suicide family day at the youth center

  • Collaborated with CLCD staff to assist with various fundraisers and community events