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Aboriginal Youth Navigator 

The Aboriginal Youth Navigator program is to provide support and guidance to aboriginal youth involved with the Ministry, youth transition planning, youth on probation, aging out and/or in government care.

Ashley Visser is the Youth Navigator for Campbell River. (ashleyv@sasamans.ca
Aboriginal Youth Navigator brochure - Ashley Visser

Kristy Bell is the Youth Navigator for Courtenay. (kristyb@sasamans.ca
Aboriginal Youth Navigator brochure - Kristy Bell

Aboriginal Youth Navigator Program - overview


 

Aboriginal Outreach Family Navigator 

The purpose of the Aboriginal Outreach Family Navigator program is to enhance service provision, provide advocacy, reduce the number of children in care, and improve accountability through a family-centred approach that focuses on meeting the need of both clients and families. The Navigators will provide support including information and guidance to Aboriginal families involved with MCFD as well as those who are seeking preventative support. The Navigators will assist families to understand their rights, to access family support services, and to have a strong voice within the court process when needed. The Navigators will also assist service providers to build their understanding of the unique cultural practices, values and needs of families, thereby ensuring there is on-going, respectful communication.

The Navigators are geographically placed in Courtenay out of the Wachiay Friendship Centre, Port Hardy out of G&N Health Centre and Campbell River, Sasamans office: 

 

Lori Speck - Campbell River (loris@sasamans.ca)

Jane Watts-Ellens - Port Hardy (janewe@sasamans.ca)

Samantha Webster - Courtenay (samanthaw@sasamans.ca)

Aboriginal Outreach brochure

Aboriginal Outreach Family Navigator Program - overview


 

Cultural Connections Worker

The Cultural Connections program was previously called the ROOTS program. The focus of this program is to assist MCFD social worker's to develop and implement appropriate re-unification plans and identify children for whom a return to family or community may be appropriate. Elder involvement will be essential to assist in the development of culturally appropriate plans. This position is based out of Campbell River and services our catchment area which includes Gold River/Tahsis, Sayward, Quadra and Cortez Island.

Rachel Cain (rachelc@sasamans.ca)

Cultural Connections Worker - overview


 

Aboriginal Harmony Circle of Elders

The elders program was established in 2013/14 to be a support and/or provide guidance to the Sasamans Society staff, other First Nations organizations, youth, families at risk, and other agencies including the Ministry of Children and Family Development. This support would include cultural appropriateness, protocols in the traditional territories, guidance and their wisdom.
The Elders have completed more training and healing sessions with funds from New Horizons which ended Feb 2015. We were successful in accessing funds for more training from FNHA in the amount of $15,000 and New Relationship Trust $2000. They met as a group on Sept 1st to discuss the sessions they wanted and launched their sessions as of Sept 16 & 17th, 2015.

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    Aboriginal Youth Navigator 

    The Aboriginal Youth Navigator program is to provide support and guidance to aboriginal youth involved with the Ministry, youth transition planning, youth on probation, aging out and/or in government care.

    Ashley Visser is the Youth Navigator for Campbell River. (ashleyv@sasamans.ca
    Aboriginal Youth Navigator brochure - Ashley Visser

    Kristy Bell is the Youth Navigator for Courtenay. (kristyb@sasamans.ca
    Aboriginal Youth Navigator brochure - Kristy Bell

    Aboriginal Youth Navigator Program - overview


     

    Aboriginal Outreach Family Navigator 

    The purpose of the Aboriginal Outreach Family Navigator program is to enhance service provision, provide advocacy, reduce the number of children in care, and improve accountability through a family-centred approach that focuses on meeting the need of both clients and families. The Navigators will provide support including information and guidance to Aboriginal families involved with MCFD as well as those who are seeking preventative support. The Navigators will assist families to understand their rights, to access family support services, and to have a strong voice within the court process when needed. The Navigators will also assist service providers to build their understanding of the unique cultural practices, values and needs of families, thereby ensuring there is on-going, respectful communication.

    The Navigators are geographically placed in Courtenay out of the Wachiay Friendship Centre, Port Hardy out of G&N Health Centre and Campbell River, Sasamans office: 

     

    Lori Speck - Campbell River (loris@sasamans.ca)

    Jane Watts-Ellens - Port Hardy (janewe@sasamans.ca)

    Samantha Webster - Courtenay (samanthaw@sasamans.ca)

    Aboriginal Outreach brochure

    Aboriginal Outreach Family Navigator Program - overview


     

    Cultural Connections Worker

    The Cultural Connections program was previously called the ROOTS program. The focus of this program is to assist MCFD social worker's to develop and implement appropriate re-unification plans and identify children for whom a return to family or community may be appropriate. Elder involvement will be essential to assist in the development of culturally appropriate plans. This position is based out of Campbell River and services our catchment area which includes Gold River/Tahsis, Sayward, Quadra and Cortez Island.

    Rachel Cain (rachelc@sasamans.ca)

    Cultural Connections Worker - overview


     

    Aboriginal Harmony Circle of Elders

    The elders program was established in 2013/14 to be a support and/or provide guidance to the Sasamans Society staff, other First Nations organizations, youth, families at risk, and other agencies including the Ministry of Children and Family Development. This support would include cultural appropriateness, protocols in the traditional territories, guidance and their wisdom.
    The Elders have completed more training and healing sessions with funds from New Horizons which ended Feb 2015. We were successful in accessing funds for more training from FNHA in the amount of $15,000 and New Relationship Trust $2000. They met as a group on Sept 1st to discuss the sessions they wanted and launched their sessions as of Sept 16 & 17th, 2015.

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