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


Colleen Fines

Having grown up throughout the unceded territories of the Tsimpshian, Coast Salish and now the Secwepemc peoples, I have been blessed to experience the diversity of cultural traditions which exist among First Nation, Inuit and Métis people.  As a Métis woman, I am driven to use my knowledge, experience and voice in order to highlight the importance of reconnecting and maintaining Métis children and families with their culture.  I have experienced first-hand the disconnection of family and culture, and because of this I greatly value connection and the celebration of one’s cultural identity.  I believe very strongly that Métis people must have a connection to their cultural roots and communities in order to foster healthy community and family connections.

As a social worker, I have worked with women and children fleeing abuse, with individuals experiencing struggles with mental health and substance use, and with people who have been involved with the criminal justice system.  I believe that all of these issues are connected. Over the past seventeen years I have argued for the elimination of discrimination of not only our people, but for all oppressed people.

I am a granddaughter, daughter, sister, mother, aunty, niece and cousin.  I value family, and wish that mine wasn’t spread so widely, so that we could spend some more time together.  I love nature and try to be outside as often as possible.  I love to both watch and take part in traditional ceremonies and celebrations. I am thankful for all of the gifts that Gitche Manitou has given me, because they allow me to help others.

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.