The Blood Community
has historically been a sharing community for
the well-being of its members has always been
exercised, through its leaders and through the
service delivery system, which largely was INAC
until the mid-1970's. In days past we hear of
remarkable deeds of generosity and caring. It
is this spirit of sharing and unity that has
grown to the present day FCSS.
In the 1920's, it is reported that members of the tribe
were growing their own vegetables, which they
stored at the St. Paul's Residential School.
It was a community, initiative during the winter.
All the members of the community were invited
to share in the harvest in their fields. They
also shared their flour grown in their fields.
During the Great Depression of the Dirty 30's,
the Blood Tribe community worked together to
take care of the less fortunate ones, while
many other Canadians had to seek Government
Relief to survive. The extended families during
those years were still very strong and held
Kainai toghter to survive as a community. During
the 1950's when housing demands began dictating
clusters of houses in Moses Lake and Levern,
there were few services available to the members,
but they continued to work together, each contributing
something to the community. Many things have
changed since then.
In recent times, there has been a unprecendented
growth in population, the Blood Tribe population
has doubled since 1970, it is now nearly 10,000
members. It has become necessary to regulate
services in all departments to meet the increasing
need of a growing population. The Blood Tribe
Family and Community Support Services has had
to meet the chalanges of providing services
to this growing community. It has done so through
a number of initiatives planned to help members
of the community become more self-suffcient
and to create an environment for stable and
successful families. The initiatives have also
fostered socio-economic growth in Kainai.
Some of the present programs that grew out
FCSS, and are being administered through the
department under Director, Bruce Iron Shirt
include: the Adult-In Home Care Program, Day
Care Program, Kainai Food Bank, Community Garden
& Tabacco Initiative, Community Development
Program, Moses Lake Shelter, Community Kitchen
& Bottle Depot. These intiatives have been
very successful and have shown that Kainai can
take care of themselves, and they are doing
The support available to the members of the
Tribe have become essential in insuring the
well-being of each individual, especially the
elders and disable members.