Services

Services

Aboriginal Youth Navigator 

The Aboriginal Youth Navigator program is to provide support and guidance to aboriginal youth involved with the Ministry, youth transition planning, youth on probation, aging out and/or in government care.

Ashley Visser is the Youth Navigator for Campbell River. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Funded by MCFD

Aboriginal Youth Navigator brochure - Ashley Visser

Aaron Thompson is the Youth Navigator for Courtenay. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Funded by Urban Partnership – BCAAFC

Aboriginal Youth Navigator Program - overview


Aboriginal Outreach Family Navigator 

The purpose of the Aboriginal Outreach Family Navigator program is to enhance service provision, provide advocacy, reduce the number of children in care, and improve accountability through a family-centred approach that focuses on meeting the need of both clients and families. The Navigators will provide support including information and guidance to Aboriginal families involved with MCFD as well as those who are seeking preventative support. The Navigators will assist families to understand their rights, to access family support services, and to have a strong voice within the court process when needed. The Navigators will also assist service providers to build their understanding of the unique cultural practices, values and needs of families, thereby ensuring there is on-going, respectful communication.

Funded by MCFD

The Navigators are geographically placed in Courtenay out of the Wachiay Friendship Centre, Port Hardy out of G&N Health Centre and Campbell River, Sasamans office: 

 

Lori Bull - Campbell River (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Jane Watts-Ellens - Port Hardy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Samantha Webster - Courtenay (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Aboriginal Outreach brochure

Aboriginal Outreach Family Navigator Program - overview


 

Cultural Connections Worker

The Cultural Connections program was previously called the ROOTS program. The focus of this program is to assist MCFD social worker's to develop and implement appropriate re-unification plans and identify children for whom a return to family or community may be appropriate. Elder involvement will be essential to assist in the development of culturally appropriate plans. This position is based out of Campbell River and services our catchment area which includes Gold River/Tahsis, Sayward, Quadra and Cortez Island.

Funded by MCFD

Rachel Cain (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Cultural Connections Worker - overview


 

Aboriginal Harmony Circle of Elders

Aboriginal Harmony Circle of Elders The elders committee was established in 2013/14 to be a support and/or provide guidance to the Sasamans Society staff, other First Nations organizations, youth, families at risk, and other agencies including the Ministry of Children and Family Development. This support would include cultural appropriateness, protocols in the traditional territories, guidance and their wisdom. The Elders have completed a variety of training and healing sessions with funds from New Horizons, First Nations Health Authority and New Relationship Trust. Some of the Elders are now ready to provide support and guidance in our communities. These training/healing sessions are the root of the creation of an “Aboriginal Outreach Elder Navigator” position. This person will work with the Elders and organizations wanting to utilize their services. 

Contact Nicole Kitts @ 250-914-2212 for more information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Aboriginal Elders Outreach Navigator

The purpose of the Aboriginal Elders Navigator program is to enhance service provision, provide advocacy, decrease isolation, chaperone Elders to medical appointments as needed and improve accountability through a family-centered approach that focuses on meeting the needs of our Elders. The Navigator acts as the “Navigator” for Elders to assist them to understand and access the multitude of support services that may be available to them. The service is based out of our Campbell River office, but will travel down 1 day per week to Courtenay to services the urban Elders in that community. This program is funded by First Nations Health Authority.

Contact Nicole Kitts @ 250-914-2212 for more information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.