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

Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Child & Family Services Society

Contact Information:
7472 Mission Road
Cranbrook BC V1C7E5
Ph: 250-489-4563
Fax: 250-489-4585
Toll-Free: 888-489-4563
www.ktunaxa.org

Mission:
The Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Child & Family Services Society is committed to working collaboratively with Aboriginal families and communities of the Ktunaxa Traditional Territory to increase their ability to fulfill their responsibilities for caring for their children in a culturally relevant manner.

Vision:
People working together to build stronger and empowered families and healthy communities.

Programs and Services

Infant & Early Childhood Services

· Prenatal and newborn information.

· Support from experienced parents and grandparents

· Reading materials, videos and more for your child 0 to 6 years old.

· Support through home visits, gatherings and telephone calls.

· Referrals for preschool, Head Start, speech therapy, dental, eye care and more.

· Gift basket for newborns and their mothers, which include traditional lullaby cassette, moccasins, blanket and bath goodies for Mom.

· Provide information and teach skills on discipline without abuse, traditional native parenting, nutrition, schedules and any questions that you may have whether you are a new parent or an experienced one.

Family Support Services

· Supporting and nurturing families to grow and be healthy and strong for generations to come.

· Parenting programs including Cit nana and “Nurturing Parents.”

· Family Healing Circles.

· Home Management - schedules, homework, discipline without violence, positive recreation for families, open communication, parent/teen conflict, relationships, listening, dealing with stress, daycare options, adding culture to daily life and any parenting needs.

Reconnection Services

· Family tree and genealogy work for people looking to complete their family history.

· Family Reunions - assistance to organize.

· Foster Child/Adoptive Child connections to biological family.

· Healing circles.

· Education and information on residential school effects, relationship rebuilding, cultural awareness and healing options.

· Regalia making - sewing and learning.

· Rediscovery Youth Program- A wilderness camp experience for youth that brings nature, culture, self care and responsibility into its learning experience.

· Gatherings for foster families and biological families.

Justice Advocacy

· Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Justice Services work with youth and adults who are in need of legal assistance.

· Supervise the Intensive Support and Supervision program with youth.

· Assist people who are having problems with the law or understanding the law.

· Assist people who are having trouble filling out legal documents or forms.

· Provide restorative justice.

· Supervise the community work program for both adults and youth.

Guardianship

· Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Child & Family Services is delegated under the Child, Family, and Community Service Act to provide care of children in care under:

· Voluntary Care Agreements with parent(s)/ guardians.

· Special Needs Agreements with parent(s)/guardians.

· Temporary Custody of Child & Youth Services.

· Continuing Custody of Child & Family Services.

Child Protection

· Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Child & Family Services is responsible for assessing the safety of Aboriginal Children (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) in the Cranbrook and Kimberley area, on and off reserve.

· Transition planning for protective services to Aboriginal Children is in progress for all other areas in the East Kootenays.

Kinship Care

· Provide a safe and nurturing environment for children temporarily or long-term.

· Who will support and embrace every aspect of a child’s being, including their cultural heritage, who are willing to work as a team member to ensure that Children receive quality care.

· Who will advocate on behalf of a child to ensure that their rights and their being are respected.

Elder Services

Health Services

Community Health Resource Coordinator

· Provides Non-Insured Health Benefit Information and updates.

· Community Resources.

· Medical Service Plan updates and enrollment forms.

First Nation Inuit Health Information System (FNHIS)

· Keeps accurate health information in a secure location.

· Retrieves health information e.g., immunizations, client core information, and population statistics.

· Is available to all First Nations and Inuit communities.

Community Health Nurse

· Promotes Health and Wellness through support and education.

· Retrieves health information e.g., immunizations, client core information.

· Retrieves health information e.g., immunizations, client core information, and population statistics.

· Pre-natal/post-natal support.

· Diabetes Education.

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.