Aboriginal Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood program consists of two streams of programming: Hummingbirds and Story Box. Both are open to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, parents, grandparents, foster parents, and other caregivers. Hummingbirds meets at Wachiay on Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. There are games, age-appropriate toys, healthy snacks and story-telling with Aboriginal Elders. The Story Box program is offered in district schools and includes a live presentation of a local legend told by K'omox Elder Mary Everson. Included in Story Box is an animated storyboard with felt characters represented in the story, and the background setting for the story. Everyone is welcome!
Aboriginal Family Navigator
The purpose of the Aboriginal Family Navigator program is to enhance service provision, provide advocacy, decrease children in care, and improve accountability through a family-centered approach that focuses on meeting the need of both clients and families.
The Aboriginal Family Navigator program is to provide support and guidance to aboriginal families pertaining to their child(ren) or grandchildren if they are potentially to be involved with the Ministry or are in government care.
To reduce the amount of children in care;
To ensure culturally appropriate services are provided to our Aboriginal Families;
Collaborate with local social services agencies, Urban organizations and First Nation Bands.
The Aboriginal Family Navigator will ensure that aboriginal families:
Receive service that is culturally appropriate and sensitive;
Understand the family court process and ensure their voices are heard;
Have access to community resources or services;
Have access to legal education and/or information regarding their child/grandchildren in government care;
Are informed on the needs and rights to legal assistance.
Role of Aboriginal Family Navigator:
Develop and Maintain Community Relationships;
Assist Families to Access Supports & Participate in Planning;
Provide Families with Advocacy Support and Information;
Liaise between Community, Families and External Professionals;
Support Development and Ongoing Operation of Community Structures.
Contact Corrina Mahoney at 778-225-0295 or 250-218-4917
Aboriginal Parenting Support Worker
The Aboriginal Parenting Support Worker program provides an essential preventive support to families identified as being in need of interventions and who are at high risk of removal due to issues impacting the safety and well-being of their children. The Aboriginal Parenting Support Worker provides intensive service through visits to the family’s home and works collaboratively with the family to develop goals and activities to assist in reducing risks identified by MCFD. The worker walks alongside the parents in their efforts to accomplish the goals set out by MCFD providing parenting knowledge, encouragement, navigation to resources and support to build strong and healthy families.
Contact Shana at 778-225-0302 or 250-334-7347
The Bears program is for children and youth ages 7 to 12. Program activities include swimming, sports, art, crafts, games, talking circles, healthy snacks and more.
The Eagles program is for youth ages 13 to 19. Program activities include hiking, fishing, tracking, hunting, swimming, running, talking circles with Elders and mentors, and more.
Wachiay Friendship Centre provides a weekly Elders' lunch on Wednesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome! We are an inclusive organization and we encourage you to come and check out our programs and services.
Key Workers provide assistance to families with children and youth (ages 0-19) who may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) or other complex developmental behavioural conditions (CDBC) that are similar in nature to FASD. Key Workers act as a guide to the family, helping to coordinate services across systems (education, social services, financial resources, recreation, transportation, health, etc.). Key Workers can also support families who are going through the process of a formal assessment for their child. The main concept is to empower parents by providing them with support, resources and information tailored to their individual needs and as such we recognize the parent or caregiver as the expert of their child's needs.
Family Law Advocacy
The Family Law Advocacy Program is available to low-income people who have a family law matter that is not covered by Legal Aid.
The family law advocate can:
Provide information in the form of printed materials, online research, and verbal information;
Assist in preparing: Provincial Court forms and applications, Family Maintenance Enforcement applications, financial statements, Legal Aid applications and appeals, indigent desk order divorce, other family law documents;
Provide advocacy and support by accompanying clients to initial court appearances and directing clients to family duty counsel lawyers or other court staff and facilities;
Help clients access community resources and services that would be of assistance;
Facilitate other services in relation to family law matters;
Contact the Family Law Advocate by emailing email@example.com, or call 778-225-0310.
Helping Hands Program
Wachiay's Helping Hands program provides emergency food bags for individuals and families, and other services such as access to prescription medications, on a case-by-case basis. Contact our Director of First Impressions, at 778-225-0292 for assistance.
Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP)
Poverty Law Advocacy
Wachiay’s Advocacy Program provides information, referrals, advice and full representation in selected cases to people of limited means with respect to the following:
Access to benefits such as income assistance, PWD and CPP disability benefits, Guaranteed Income Supplement, SAFER and more;
Tenancy issues including eviction, damage deposits, rent increases and tenants’ rights;
Debt including debt collection and harassment;
Contact the Poverty Law Advocate firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete an intake in-person at the Wachiay Friendship Centre.
Sister Mary's Helping Hands
Sister Mary’s is an emergency-fund with a focus on urgent medical needs and emergency assistance. This may also include car seats or assistance with urgent travel needs. Needs are assessed on a case by case basis. Contact our receptionist, at 778-225-0292 for assistance.
Volunteer Income Tax Program
During tax season the Wachiay Friendship Centre hosts a Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Program. Services are limited to personal income tax preparation for current and past taxation years. The Volunteer cannot prepare income tax returns for businesses, or persons with rental income, farming income or other types of self-employed income. Services are typically available from February to May each year.
WAMM is committed to helping our community learn the basic concepts of Audio and Video production. Our real-world hands-on process incorporates basic business skill sets and writing for purpose. Our approach to learning and our well-appointed multimedia studios inspire creative development, a deeper understanding of method and the groundwork for positive, rewarding creative endeavors. Whether your interests lie in Podcasting, film, audio or you simply want to tell better digital stories, WaMM can help.
We all have Roots
The Roots Practitioner will work directly with Aboriginal children who are in care with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The Roots program is a Ministry initiative that focuses on reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care. Our job is to ensure that each child in the Ministry's care has the best possible plan developed for his/her needs, while also supporting and encouraging the connection for Aboriginal children with their families, extended families, and community.
Employment Services provided by Work BC are accessible on-site at Wachiay on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For appointments with Kathie, call 250-334-3119.