"Advancing transformative change for the well-being of Métis children, youth and families"

Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family & Community Services

Contact Information

Ph: (250) 554-9486
Fax: (250) 554-9487
707 Tranquille Road
Kamloops BC V2B 3J1
www.interiormetis.ca

Serving Kamloops and Merritt areas

About Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family & Community Services (LMO)

Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services is located on the North Shore of beautiful Kamloops, British Columbia.  They have recently moved to a new location at 707 Tranquille Road which they are very excited about due to the better/more accessible location and a space that will better suit their needs.

Mission Statement
Our vision is to ensure Métis children, families and communities have opportunities and access to services and resources by: promoting cultural identity; providing education in the areas of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being; promoting and strengthening programs and service resources that are relevant to the Métis community; and working with all levels of government to promote the self-determination of community.

Vision
We believe Métis children, families and communities have the right to establish and maintain cultural identity; and to achieve self-determination. We shall empower Métis people to reach their fullest potential.

Programs available through Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family & Community Services

Michif Family Support
The two main services included are support and advocacy for the client.  They support by doing the following: one to one, group support as well as educational workshops to all individuals as well as Métis children in care and their caregivers; support through the court process; and workshops and services that are culturally relevant and sensitive to the unique needs of the Métis people.  They advocate by doing the following: information and support when families are dealing with various Provincial ministries; support to parents who are at risk of having their children removed; and referrals to existing service.

Michif Infant Development & Michif Supported Early Childhood Development Programs
LMO offers support to Métis parents who have children from the ages of prenatal to 6 years of age.  The Prenatal Support includes: information and resources; good start boxes for mom and baby; guest speakers; and support groups for expecting families.  Some of the Workshops provided are: You Make The Difference™, Nobody's Perfect™, Infant Massage, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, First Aid, and Food Safe.  They also offer home visits providing practical ideas and guidance as your child grows and develops.

Michif Roots Program
It is the responsibility of the Roots Coordinators to work in collaboration with MCFD and other community partners to: identify Métis children and youth for whom a return to family and community may be appropriate; assist in developing and implementing appropriate reunification plans for Métis children and youth; implement strategies to strengthen children and youth’s connections to their community, culture and heritage; find and work toward the best possible placement plan for our Métis children and youth .

Aboriginal Family Group Conferencing
This program brings together members of a child or youth’s immediate family, extended family,  and community for the purpose of developing a plan to address safety concerns and/or achieve permanency pertaining to a child or youth.

Michif Community Care
This includes: a Michif Youth Community Kitchen Initiative, which aims to support Métis youth transitioning out of the care of the provincial child welfare system; and the Michif Creative Writing Program, which engages youth in an exploration of one’s sense of Métis identity and the role this plays in his/her life.

Featured Resources

Proud to be Metis!: The Cultural Booklet we send to families is now available online!

MCCF Cultural Information Package: A collection of Metis cultural resources and information to support service delivery and planning for Metis children, youth and families.

MCCF Quality Assurance Framework: Continuous Quality Improvement for Métis Children and Family Services in British Columbia, March 2011

MCCF 2011 Provincial Catalogue:
A catalogue to provide immediate contact information about available services to assist the Métis communities, Métis families, Ministry and non-Ministry front line workers in supporting Metis people.