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WSANEC School Board

Provides educational support for K-12 students attending district Private or band operated schools.  SELEEMW Daycare infant/toddler and 3 to 5 years.

Tsawout HeadStart Program

Head Start is a drop-in program for parents and their children ages 0 – 4 years old. They offer playgroups, nutritional support and parenting workshops, which all include transportation and childminding as needed.

Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and Slaheena Prenatal Support Program

The Early Childhood Development Team provide family support for parenting and life skills for pre and post-natal up to children six years old. We also support parents and families going through family reunification. You will have the opportunity to meet with other families.

First Nations Health Authority

When it comes to maternal, child and family health, FNHA’s approach is health and wellness now and into the future for the whole family.  This family-focused approach supports important areas like: Healthy relationships, Sexual health, Family planning, Healthy pregnancies, Optimal birth experiences, Parent and guardian health, Early childhood development, Child safety.

Aboriginal Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)

The ACCRR program staff work in partnership with Indigenous families and communities on and off reserve and in urban settings throughout the province. Their goal is to increase the availability and accessibility of high quality child care resources and services that support the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and families.

Aboriginal Supported Child Development

ASCD programs are designed to ensure cultural safety and cultural sensitivity for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children and families. ASCD services are provided for children who require extra support in the following areas: physical development, cognitive development, communicative development, social/emotional development and behaviour.

Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program

The Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program (DAFGP) is offered by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, First Nations Health Authority, and the BC Ministry of Health. The goal of the program is to increase healthy birth outcomes for Indigenous families by removing the cost barrier to accessing doula services.

Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI)

The Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI) is an early childhood tooth decay prevention program aimed at children aged 0 to 7, their caregivers and pregnant women living on-reserve or accessing on-reserve resources. The goal of the initiative is to improve oral health and well-being. COHI aims promote a lifetime of oral health by preventing tooth decay, treating and restoring teeth that already have tooth decay, improving oral health knowledge, changing oral health–related behaviours and reducing the number of First Nations children that require general anesthesia for dental surgeries.

Aboriginal Child & Family Services

A variety of child, teen, and family services are available throughout the province. Serves Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria, and View Royal. Located at 100-1195 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC V9A 3N6

Songhees Early Years Programs

Songhees Preschool offers a safe and supportive environment for children to begin their educational journey. The curriculum is designed to prepare children for entry into public school as well as grounding them with community and family support for their education. A Daycare Program supports families with caregivers working or attending school with full day care services Monday through Friday.

Songhees Wellness Centre

The Songhees Wellness Centre is a 55,000 sq.ft multi-purpose building which houses the Nation’s Governance and Administration Offices, Local Services, Education Services, and Health Centre.  Sports facilities include a fitness studio, international-sized wood floor multi-sport court, bleacher seating for 350 and team change rooms. There is an industrial kitchen, computer lab, elders centre, youth centre, and a Gallery Cafe.

Surrounded by Cedar

Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services will provide child and family services rooted in cultural values and beliefs to restore and enhance the strength and resiliency in the urban Aboriginal community. This includes counselling, elders in residence, youth support services, cultural programming. They are located at #211 - 1497 Admirals Rd. Victoria BC V9A 2P8

Métis Nation British Columbia

Métis people acknowledge that our children are sacred gifts from our ancestors. They become our knowledge-keepers and carry our culture, language, and heritage forward for future generations. At Métis Nation British Columbia, this understanding informs their commitment to place our children at the center of all that we do. They strive to honour the traditional concept Takaki Awasisiwin, which means a good childhood for the future of our people.

ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School

The ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School's mission is to work in a life-long partnership with the Saanich People to assure the continuing use of the SENĆOŦEN Language and the maintenance of the cultural identity of our Nation while giving students the knowledge, skills and attitudes as citizens to enable them to successfully meet the social economic and political challenges of life.

Aboriginal Infant Development Program

Aboriginal Infant Development Programs in British Columbia offer support to families of infants who are at risk for or have been diagnosed with developmental delays. Programs are voluntary, family centered, and primarily focused on children ages 0-3 (in some communities 0 – 6). Aboriginal Infant Development consultants support families by providing home visits, activity planning, and developmental and family needs assessments in culturally sensitive and meaningful ways. Consultants also assist families in accessing other health, social, and community services.

The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability (BCANDS)

The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, or as more commonly known, BCANDS, is an award winning, Indigenous not for profit, charitable Society serving the unique and diverse disability and health resource / support service needs of Indigenous peoples across Canada. BCANDS is a “stand alone” organization and is one of the only organizations of its type in Canada. BCANDS provides a vast array of services to eligible individuals, families and organizations, both within Indigenous communities and urban and rural centres.

Indigenous Liason Nurses

Indigenous Liaison Nurses (ILNs) can advocate on your behalf, helping you access referrals, benefit information and more with ease.

SȽEȽEMW̱ Child Development Centre

The vision of the SȽEȽEMW̱ Child Development Centre is to provide a warm, safe and nurturing environment for all children in each area of development (physical, intellectual, language, emotional and spiritual) while maintaining the SENĆOŦEN language, culture and values.

South Island Wellness Society

South Island Wellness Society (SIWS) uses Traditional Decision Making processes to facilitate community-based collaborative planning for Aboriginal families that require support to address concerns about the care of their children.

NIȽ TU,O Child and Family Services

They provide child and family services to Beecher Bay, Pauquachin, Songhees, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum, and T’Sou-ke.  Their social workers are qualified professionals and are able to assist with developing residential resources and provide guardianship services to their children in care.  Family Support Workers provide many prevention supports and programs to children and families.  Please call if you have a question about services or intake.

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

The VNFC is a non-profit Indigenous-led organization located on Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen speaking People of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. The Centre comprises over 125 compassionate staff members, building and delivering over 75 programs working to further innovative solutions to improve socio-economic conditions for urban Indigenous peoples. Their goal is to stitch the fabric of Indigenous traditions into everything the VNFC does, and to greet each other and the natural world in a good way every day.

Island Métis Family & Community Services

MFCSS offers a community room & playground, computer lab, teaching garden, counselling room, & access to the centre’s community kitchen. Located at 345 Wale Road.

Hulitan Family and Community Services Society

Hulitan preserves, unifies, and advocates for Indigenous families by supporting healing and fostering resilience through culturally rooted programs and services and collaboration with community partners. They offer a variety of programs including cultural early learning, child and youth mental health, and more.

Indigenous Parent Support Group

This is a drop-in support group at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre for all parents with young children (up to the age of 6). A Public Health Nurse is available to answer any questions or parenting concerns. Dietitian available. A female Elder is available for guidance and support. Cultural activities are provided

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