Children are the future of a community, so supporting good outcomes for children is the most important responsibility a community has. ANPs help provide that support. Among the services they offer are prenatal health advice, parenting courses, and Head Start programs. To encourage children to identify with their heritage, ANP programs incorporate traditional culture, recreational activities, and food.
In BC and across Canada, Positive Women’s Network strives to improve the medical and social outcomes for women living with HIV and hepatitis C.
The organization recently launched an Indigenous Women’s Support Program, which features peer-led support groups for HIV-positive women who identify as Indigenous or Aboriginal.
Pacific Association of First Nations Women offers support for Aboriginal women in every aspect of their lives, including health, housing, justice, and employment. Since women are the recognized as the caregivers of our Nations, the Association believes that improving the lives of women improves Aboriginal communities.
NIFCS provides delegated child protection and family services to the Tsimshian and Haisla Nations. At present, delegated services include guardianship for children in permanent care and support for foster parents. The mission of the NIFCS is to deliver these services in a manner that preserves the cultural identity of our clients.
Northern Rockies Aboriginal Women Society serves Fort Nelson and the surrounding area. Its mission is to provide culturally appropriate and empowering options for Aboriginal women, children, and families. Among the services offered by the Society are prenatal health education, assistance for special needs children, and legal representation in family court matters.
Incorporated in 1998, the Society works to promote the well-being of Aboriginal children, youth, and families in the North Cariboo region. It also advocates for community development and capacity-building. The Society’s vision is Aboriginal families and communities working together to become healthy in mind, body, heart and spirit.
NCFSS was established in 1994. It provides child protection and family support services to six Nlha’7kapmx bands in the Lytton area. The mission of NCFSS is to provide holistic services that reflect Nlha’7kapmx beliefs, values, and traditions.
NCFS supports Nisga’a families through the utilization of the Ayuuk, the traditional laws of the Nation. The Ayuuk ensures the well-being of Nisga’a children in all aspects: spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and cultural. It is understood that the Ministry of Children and Family Development has primary responsibility for providing protective services to Nisga’a children, with full disclosure between the Ministry and NCFS.
NIȽ TU,O has two fundamental goals. The first is to ensure that each child’s physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychological needs are met. The second is to maintain the traditional values of the extended family. The two goals are connected: a child’s needs are more likely to be met if they have the support of their extended family.
The Commission was established in 1999 to advise governments with regard to services for Métis children and families in British Columbia. The provincial government has a legal obligation to notify the Commission when a Métis child becomes involved with the child welfare system. This ensures that the actions of child welfare authorities are informed by Métis values and practices.
Métis Family Services is committed to working collaboratively with Métis families to increase their capacity to nurture and care for their children in a culturally-relevant manner. Métis Family Services is the service delivery agency of the Métis Community organization called “Le Society de les Enfant Michif”.
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