In 1998, a team of concerned, Métis people established what was then known as Kamloops Métis Family Services in an effort to support the well-being of Métis children and families in a culturally appropriate manner. While the agency’s mandate has not changed since 1998, our name has. The agency was later changed to Interior Métis Child and Family Services and in February 2012 was officially changed to Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services. This last name change reflects not only the desire to embrace our beautiful Michif language but also to communicate our commitment as Métis people to care for and take care of ourselves. Otipemisiwak is a Cree word that translates to
“Otipemisiwak” The Métis were-and are-a people distinguished by their independence, individuality and resilience. The Cree referred to Métis people as Otipemisiwak, which, loosely translated, means “the people who own themselves” or “the people who govern themselves”. Métis people have a history of independence, self-governance and democratically elected leadership that endures to the present day. They have consistently and continuously sought the recognition and protection of inherent rights in all aspects of their lives.
We wish to thank our Michif Elder Advisor, Dave Barron for his influence in coining our new name and to all the Directors for affirming it.
This logo expresses caring, safety and well-being of children in accordance to the Métis culture and traditions by incorporating the following concepts.
• The Red and Blue colours from the Métis flags represent both Aboriginal and European cultures. They’re used within this logo to express unity.
• Two joining hands in the center (the ends of the sash or ceintures fléchées) express caring, well-being and belonging.
• The logo is the shape of the infinity symbol, borrowed from the traditional Métis flag. This infinity swirl is created with traditional Métis sash (ceintures fléchées) graphics. Additional colour yellow was added, as they can come various colours and are sometimes quite vibrant.
• Within the pattern of this sash, there are childlike drawings of children playing safely within their community.