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Caregiver Resources

Understanding what tools and resources are present can help in providing the best quality of care for a foster child. We’ve compiled a list of resources that can assist connecting indigenous caregivers with more knowledge, programming and support.

Helpline for Children

If you think a child is being abused or neglected, you can the 24-hour Helpline toll-free in BC 310-1235 (no area code required).  

The Xwi7xwa Library

The Xwi7xwa Library is a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship. Their collections and services reflect Indigenous approaches to teaching, learning and research.

Strong Nations – Indigenous books for children, teen and adult

In 2012, their publishing house launched their first set of Strong Readers. Their new additions to their product line are the Strong Learners, educational games, and Strong Learning Environments, a variety of product that reflects Indigenous Peoples in the classroom. In July of 2014 they made the move to a bricks and mortar location in Nanaimo. They are now considered to be one of the largest Indigenous book stores in North America.

BC Association of Friendship Centres

The Friendship Centre movement is built on community support, trust, strong leadership, tradition and faith and is mandated to improve the quality of life for Indigenous Peoples throughout Canada. Located in Victoria, BCAAFC is the umbrella association for 25 Indigenous Friendships Centres throughout British Columbia.

BC Indigenous Child Care Society

Non-profit dedicated to delivering Indigenous child care services. Includes online library, job postings, training and Indigenous Head Start pre-school programs.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

If you are a grandparent or other relative raising a family member’s child, you can get information and advice from the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

Parent Support Services Society

Non-profit, volunteer based society and registered charity founded in 1974. Dedicated to preventing child abuse and promoting healthy parent-child relationships.

Representative for Children and Youth

Since 2007, British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth has supported the province’s young people and their families in dealing with the provincial child and youth welfare system.

FASlink Fetal Alcohol Disorders Society

FASlink provides research, information, support and communications on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

HealthLink BC

As an Indigenous or First Nations resident of British Columbia, you can access all the services and programs that are available to all British Columbians with your BC Care Card or the new BC Services Card. As well, there are programs and services that are specifically for Indigenous, First Nations, and Inuit people in the province.

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada

The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada (the Caring Society) was developed at a national meeting of First Nations child and family service agencies (FNCFSA), held at the Squamish First Nation in 1998. Meeting delegates agreed that a national non-profit organization was required to provide research, policy, professional development and networking support to support FNCFSA in caring for First Nations children, youth and families. An interim board was elected and the plan was approved at a second national meeting held at Kingsclear First Nation.

Healthy Minds BC

Walking Alongside Youth with Anxiety

WAY Anxiety is an online course and collection of resources designed with careful consideration of the needs of Indigenous youth and families, blending holistic, traditional Indigenous perspectives and practices with western knowledges to provide practical, culturally safe ways of caring for youth with anxiety.