ABORIGINAL FAMILY SERVICES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

​This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and delivered in the West Kootenay region.

 

The Aboriginal Family Services Development Program provides support and consultation to Family Support Counselors and other service providers in the West Kootenay region who work with Aboriginal families.  This area includes: Salmo, Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Slocan, Nakusp, and Kaslo.  The program also provides services to Aboriginal families  who may be experiencing family issues that require a support person to provide referrals, support, and cultural information.  Aboriginal families who are working with  the Ministry of Children and Family Development are first priority referrals to this program.  Families can also self-refer.

 

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Case planning and case management

  • Coordinated service interventions with other service providers

  • Referrals and information about other community services  programs  (both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal)

  • Liaison with the Ministry of Children and Family  Development

  • Information regarding various cultural gatherings in the region

  • COINS Traditional Parenting and Personal Healing Program

  • Drum circles (funded in partnership with Fortis) , talking/sharing circles, and community drum making ceremonies

 

HOW WE WORK:

 

  • We provide outreach services that support families in connecting to culture.

  • We provide one-on-one support as well as accompaniment and support for families to be part of traditional sharing circles,          gatherings, and other ceremonies.

 

PROGRAM COORDINATORS:

Barb Cyr - barb.coinations@gmail.com or 250-353-1571

Michael Garvey - michael.coinations@gmail.com or 250-265-8755

Breland Athies - breland.coinations@gmail.com or 250-608-7472

 

 

ABORIGINAL EARLY YEARS AND EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM

This program is delivered to the West Kootenay and Boundary region.

 

Our mandate for the Aboriginal Early Years program is to offer cultural support and consultation to early years staff as well as cultural support and resources/activities to local early years and childcare programs/agencies. Examples of activities we provide include traditional drumming, story telling and culturally relevant crafting.  In addition, the program offers Aboriginal family gatherings and home support in the communities of Trail and Salmo for Aboriginal families with children 0-6, as well as outreach support in the Grand Forks and area for Aboriginal families with children 0-6.

Our programs are funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and therefore there are no fees for our services or programs.

 

PROGRAM COORDINATORS:

 

West Kootenay and Boundary Cultural Coordinators:

Julia  Kanutski- julia.coinations@gmail.com or 250-304-7481

Liam Fitzpatrick - liam.coinations@gmail.com or 250-509-0344

Trail and Salmo Early Intervention Coordinator (family gatherings):

Brittany Haugen - brittany.coinations@gmail.com or 778-633-0221

 

 

 

 

 

OUR PROGRAMS

"HEALING OUR SPIRITS" ABORIGINAL MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS PROGRAM

This program is funded by Interior Health Authority and delivered in the West Kootenay and Boundary region.  

 

WHAT WE OFFER:
 

  •  Cultural case management and individual support and counseling.

  • Recovery circles in 5 communities.

  • Referrals and support to access other community resources and services, including assistance with applications for treatment.

  • Support with connection to the larger Aboriginal community including Aboriginal gatherings, events and celebrations.

  • Cultural consultation and support to Mental Health and Addictions workers who are working with Aboriginal clients.

 

HOW WE WORK:

  • We provide support and services to ages 15 to Elder.We provide outreach  services that supports individuals in their own

  • community.

  • We provide one-to-one support as well group support  in a cultural setting.

  • We provide support and connections to other local cultural gatherings.

  • We provide support for individuals accessing other community resources, and cultural support for case/treatment planning.

 

HEALING OUR SPIRITS TALKING CIRCLE

  • Recovery circles in the communities of Trail, Castlegar,  Nelson, Grand Forks and Nakusp twice per month.

  • Traditional circles that include story telling, medicine wheel teachings, and ceremony.

  • Circle participants can self-refer or  be  referred by a service provider.

 

PROGRAM COORDINATORS

Juanita Kiff - juanita.coinations@gmail.com or 250-777-3683

Tanis Carson - tanisc.coinations@gmail.com or 250-444-0334

Michael Garvey - michael.coinations@gmail.com or 250-265-8755

Breland Athies - breland.coinations@gmail.com or 250-608-7472

ABORIGINAL FAMILY CONNECTIONS PROGRAM

 

 

This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and is delivered in the West Kootenay and Boundary area.

 

The Aboriginal Family Connections program offers support and counseling for Aboriginal Families in the West Kootenay and Boundary region. We work in collaboration with MCFD to offer assistance with locating extended family members of Aboriginal children and youth entering the foster care system, as well as, providing cultural connections for Aboriginal children and youth in care of MCFD.

 

We work with Aboriginal families and youth in care to develop Cultural Life Books and we support placements of Aboriginal children and youth in care of their families. The Family Connections Program also, offers advocacy, support and referrrals to other local services.

 

For more information please contact Jessica MacLeod at jessica.coinations@gmail.com or 250-608-3679

 

 

 

ABORIGINAL SUPPORTED CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The West Kootenay Boundary Aboriginal Supported Child Development program is intended for children who require extra support to be included in a child care setting. The ASCD program is a community-based, family-centered, child development program that is  grounded in the belief that inclusion is the most important principle in supporting children to actively participate in a full range of programs. Families participate on a voluntary basis.

 

The ASCD program is designed to ensure cultural safety and cultural sensitivity for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children and families. The program provides services for children who require extra support in the following areas:

  • Physical Development

  • Cognitive Development

  • Communicative Development

  • Social/Emotional Development

  • Behavior

PROGRAM CONSULTANT WEST KOOTENAY REGION:

Crystal Laren

crystal.coinations@gmail.com

250-304-8920

PROGRAM CONSULTANT BOUNDARY REGION:

Boundary:  Dana Bedard

dana.coinations@gmail.com

250-444-9595

ABORIGINAL INFANT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The West Kootenay Boundary Aboriginal Infant Development program (AIDP) serves children birth to 3 years who are at risk for developmental delay, or disability, or the caregiver has a concern regarding the child’s behavior or development.

 

The Infant Development Consultant    services are tailored to individual family needs and may include:

  • Home Visiting

  • Assessment of family priorities

  • Informal and formal child development  assessments and screening

  • Information to enhance parenting skills and assist with behavioral challenges

  • Information on typical and atypical child development

  • Support  to promote positive parent/child relationships

  • Information on community resources 

  • Coordination of services 

  • Development of advocacy skills

  • Referral to other services as needed

  • Access to toy and resource lending library (books, videos, CD's)

PROGRAM CONSULTANTS:

WEST KOOTENAYS:

Crystal Laren

crystal.coinations@gmail.con

250-304-8920

BOUNDARY:

Dana Bedard

dana.coinations@gmail.com

250-444-9595

ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM

  • We offer cultural awareness/sensitivity activities such as the KAIROS blanket exercise that supports "truth and reconciliation" in the West Kootenay and Boundary region.

  • We offer support to agencies looking to learn about cultural protocols. 

  • We support requests from the community for Elder's blessings and coordinate/support Elders to attend local events and gatherings.

  • We provide information and resource materials that promote awareness of our programs.

PROGRAM COORDINATORS:

Terri Sehn - terri.coinations@gmail.com or 250-512-1289

Barb Cyr - barb.coinations@gmail.com or 250-353-1571

TALKING LITTLE FEET: ABORIGINAL HEAD START CHILD CARE CENTER

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • No fee child care for Indigenous children and families

  • Infant/Toddler Program: 8 spaces available

  • Preschool Age Program: 16 spaces available

  • Lunch and snacks provided

  • Elder involvement



WHAT WE BELIEVE:

  • that happy, healthy, safe children thrive

  • that children's families are their most influential teacher

  • that Aboriginal children benefit from learning about their culture and language

  • in respecting and honoring Aboriginal diversity, teachings and protocols

  • that excellence and unity are achieved through open, respectful communication and collaboration


LOCATION AND HOURS OF OPERATION:

7525 12th Street

PO Box 1917

Grand Forks BC

V0H 1H0

 

Monday to Thursday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am to 1:00pm

PROGRAM MANAGER:

Laranna Androsoff

236-352-0377

laranna.coinations@gmail.com

Funded By: