Skeetchestn Indian Band

Family Support Department

Family Support Department

The Skeetchestn Social Development Department is committed to focus on Mental, Cultural, Spiritual and Physical Well-being when creating, managing and delivering programs, services and activities for Skeetchestn members and community members. It is our desire to inspire and encourage everyone in our community to practice healthy lifestyles by connecting culture, knowledge, and strengths.

Our team believes that each and every one has the ability to create the life they desire by aligning with their inner-self and taping into their infinite potential. We hope that the programs and services offered can assist you in creating a beautiful journey!

Social Development Manager

Mia Dunbar

familysupport@skeetchestn.ca

(250) 373-2493 ext. 219 

The Department provides the following Programs and Services:

STSMEMELT PROJECT

Stsmémelt (Children) is a movement that is based on: 

Secwépemc traditional governance

Legal traditional values 

Secwépemc stories 

Secwépemctsín 

Healing and family preservation 

Secwépemc law regarding child welfare was revitalized and will be used as the overarching support to guide the Nation. The Law is based upon principles guided by our stories and our oral traditions, passed down for generations. The foundation of this law is the four pillars: language, culture, connection to land and laws, and healing.

A decolonized and culturally aware model will be designed and will account for intergenerational impacts and trauma inflicted on the Secwépemc peoples and how that may impact parenting struggles. Communities will develop policy and procedures that suits their community needs and gain fiscal arrangements that are sustainable, needs-based, and consistent. The end goal is to assert full jurisdiction over child and family services, facilitate healing and provide community support for all Secwépemc children and families.

for more information contact: 

Shirley Calhoun

 stsmemelt@skeetchestn.ca or phone: 250-373-2492 Ext. 228

SOCIAL WORK SERVICES

The Band Social Worker provides assistance in ensuring the safety and well-being of the Skeetchestn children on and off-reserve by supporting culturally appropriate prevention and protection practices. Also, the Band Social Workers offers services, counselling referrals and other types of support and programs to individual, families, and groups, leading to enhance wellness which has a direct impact on the strength of families and community.

For more information contact:

 Tabatta Butler (250) 373-2493 ext. 218

socialworker@skeetchestn.ca

Aman Madan (250) 373-2493 ext. 230

socdev@skeetchestn.ca    

If you have a child protection concern, please call Secwepemc Child and Family Services at 250-314-9669 or 250-314-9669, if during work hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30).

Children and Youth Hotline call 250-310-1234. If after hours please call 1-800-663-9122.