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

Kikino Métis Children & Family Services Society

Contact Information

Ph: 250-563-1661
Fax: 250-563-1663
369 Victoria Street
Prince George BC V2L 2J6
www.kikino.ca

About Kikino Métis Children and Family Services

Kikino Métis Children & Family Services is a non-profit society that was founded in 2003, as a need was recognized that Métis children and families living in the Prince George region did not have direct access to culturally specific advocacy and support services, exclusive to their Métis heritage.

Mission Statement
Kikino Métis Children & Family Services Society is a non – profit Society that is recognized and empowered by the Métis citizens of Prince George and the Métis Nation British Columbia to provide holistic services that promote the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well – being of Métis children and families in the community.

Vision
Kikino Métis Children & Family Services Society will promote the health (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually) and well – being of the Métis community by increasing cultural awareness to the communities in the Prince George and its geographical area.
Kikino Métis Children & Family Services Society will promote the health (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually) and well being of the Métis community by honouring and supporting the importance of a healthy family environment in the delivery of holistic programs and services.
Kikino Métis Children & Family Services Society will promote the health (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually) and well – being of the Métis community by encouraging stronger relationships among Métis Elders and our youth and our families and our community.

Programs available through Kikino Métis Children and Family Services

Family Support
In Prince George according to MCFD’s statistics the second most children in care are of Métis heritage.  The Family Support Worker develops plans of care with families who are referred by MCFD and provides individualized supports and planning to families. The objectives of this program is to increase positive parenting, increase the safety and well being of children and families, support families as they work with the MCFD, identify community supports for Métis youth, increase youth awareness of the Métis community and culture, preserve family connections, and ensure adequate housing.

Supervised Access Services
The supervised visits provide an opportunity for families to visit in a natural atmosphere of safety and support.  The child is never left alone with the visiting parent.  This service for children and families involved in separation, divorce and/or reunification will occur in the Kikino visitation room.  It offers a neutral observation and promotes healthy child development and positive interactions between family members.  In addition, it utilizes a strengths-based approach with the families and provides parenting support and education as needed.  Log Notes are also available upon request.  They include detailed, objective, fact based observations regarding the visit.

Circle of Life – Family Preservation Program
The Circle of Life – Family Preservation Program is a holistic model that provides goal oriented, intensive support services to Métis, First Nations and non-Aboriginal families.  The program consists of both facilitated group work as well as one on one support to families.  They engage through frequent contact with families from two to 15 hours per week. This program has been developed around an Aboriginal approach to healing.

Warrior Caregiver Support Group: A Father’s Perspective on Parenting
In Métis and/or First Nations’ culture the warrior was the protector, provider and caregiver for the entire family.  The Warrior Caregivers group was designed with this concept in mind.  A need was recognized in the community that there were no parenting programs exclusive to a father’s needs and there are also few resources that work from a Métis lens with the Medicine Wheel as a training tool.

Spirit of Grandmother Support Group
The historical role for Elders was to share traditional history, knowledge, culture and traditional practices with the young.  The Elders role is recognized for their importance within the Aboriginal community.  It is important that they have a supportive environment to be able to voice their concerns and discuss methods of helping families and their community.

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.