Children & Families

Takaki Awasisiwin

Empowering future generations of Métis in BC

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 our commitment to place our children at the center of all that we do. We strive to honour the traditional concept Takaki Awasisiwin, which means a good childhood for the future of our people.

Contact The Ministry of Children & Families

Mailing Address

Unit #107 – 5668 192nd Street
Surrey, BC
V3S 2V7

Phone & Email

Email: Daniel Pitman, Minister of Children & Families

Toll free: 1-800-940-1150
Phone: 604-557-5851
Fax: 778-591-9402

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

Our Vision & Purpose

Our Vision

The vision of MNBC’s Ministry of Children and Families is to promote the rights of Métis children and families and to communicate the documented historical footprint of Métis people in British Columbia.

Purpose

MNBC’s Ministry of Children and Families supports the delivery of the best services to Metis children and their families in British Columbia. With this purpose in mind, we focus on the development of a Métis specific child and family services framework. To this end we work with the Métis Commission for Children and Families of British Columbia (MCCF-BC), Métis Communities, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), and Child and Family Service Agencies. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by MNBC, MCCF-BC, and MCFD and witnessed by the five Métis Child and Family Service Agencies represents our commitment to collaboration for the best outcomes for our children and families.

Goals

Goals

  • Communicate MNBC’s role in supporting service delivery to Métis children and families.
  • Participate in the Métis, First Nations and Urban Aboriginal ECE steering committee process in order to guide the reinvestment of a five million dollar ECE/ECD funding stream.
  • Advocate on behalf of Métis Children and Families for support in child welfare, housing, family relations, and justice.
  • Develop protocols and formal relationships with various provincial government ministries, provincial organizations and entities, social service providers, and community stakeholders.

The Métis Nation British Columbia will utilize capacity funding to continue to participate fully in the Métis Child and Family working table, as well as to participate in management and administration of the four-year work plan.

  • Develop relevant communications and corporate communications changes to reflect the role of MNBC with respect to Métis children and families.
  • Work collaboratively with First Nations in regards to Métis specific Child and Family Services, through the development of protocol agreements.
  • Work collaboratively with Métis Service Providers, government stakeholders with respect to Métis service delivery and cultural and community representation.
  • Participate in the First Nations, Métis and Urban Aboriginal ECE steering committee process; guiding reinvestment of a five million dollar ECE/ECD funding stream.
  • Participate in the MCFD Strengthening Child and Youth Mental Health Services Initiative.
  • Advocate on behalf of Métis children and families in regards to child welfare, housing, family relations and justice.
  • Protocol development with various provincial government ministries, provincial organizations and entities, social service providers and community stake holders.

Guide for Social Workers

Resources

Métis Children & Families Service Delivery Agencies

Métis Family Services- Surrey, BC

Métis Community Services Society of BC – Kelowna, BC

Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services- Kamloops, BC

Kikino Métis Children and Family Services Society – Prince George, BC

Island Métis Community Service – Victoria, BC

Métis Commission for Children & Families BC (Designated Agency)

 


 

Legal Services

BC Legal Services Society – Parents Legal Centre Information Kit

New legal aid services in Prince George, Smithers, Campbell River and Duncan will help parents who have been contacted by or are involved with a social worker about their children. The service is offered at Parents Legal Centre offices, which are part of the Legal Services Society, the provider of legal aid in BC. The centre can help people who are eligible for legal aid and who have some kind of social worker involvement, whether the children are at home or have been removed.

To contact a Parents Legal Centre, go to the locations page of the LSS website  or call the LSS Call Centre: 1-866-577-2525


Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia

The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia is here as “A Helping Hand to Justice” for all aboriginal people across the province of British Columbia. Their mission is to provide culturally appropriate justice and health-related services according to your need.


Métis Guide for Social Workers – PDF

Reports

Representative For Children And Youth Report (July 23, 2020)

Invisible Children: A Descriptive Analysis of Injury and Death Reports for Métis Children and Youth in British Columbia, 2015 to 2017 uses a new collaborative approach to research and examines critical injuries and deaths of Métis children and youth.