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.

Jeff Badger  is a Youth Navigator for Port Hardy. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Monica White is a Youth Navigator for Campbell River. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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

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

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.

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: 

 

Hayley Banks - 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. )

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

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.

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.


 

Aboriginal Housing Navigator

The purpose of the Aboriginal Housing Navigator program is to create an easy literacy, informational pamphlet for indigenous families to inform them about right and responsibilities when seeking rental accommodations and assists them in understanding their rights as tenants. Duties include: Support and educate Indigenous families to locate and secure safe housing including:

  • Assistance in setting up rental appointments
  • Attend rental viewing appointments
  • Complete housing applications
  • Complete BC housing Application
  • Complete Ma’Kola housing Application
  • Assist in securing furniture
  • Advocate with Social Development and poverty reduction ministry
  • Advocate with BC housing, Ma’Kola housing and other relevant organizations Liaison and partner with other local and provincial housing advocacy groups.

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


 

Aboriginal Parenting Support Worker

The purpose of the Aboriginal Parenting Support Worker program is to provide intensive service to families who have been identified as being in need of interventions and who are at high risk of removal due to issues impacting the safety and well-being of their children and/or if their children are in government care. The Aboriginal Parenting Support Worker visits the family’s home and works collaboratively with the family to develop goals and activities to assist in reducing risks identified by MCFD. In addition to this service, support worker will host parenting support groups and link them to an Elder if the client so chooses.

Contact Katherine Knappett @ 250-218-8463 for more information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.