Elder's Council

Our goal as a Métis child and family service agency is to ensure that children’s safety and family wellness services are delivered to the Métis children and families in a manner consistent with our Métis values, traditions and way of caring for and honouring one another. Our Métis Elders are our teachers who will guide us in transforming services and help us accomplish this goal.
The role of the Voices of the Michif (Métis) Elders (VME) is to provide mentor-ship to social work practice and to ensure that Social Workers, Family Support Workers and Caregivers caring for Métis children and youth are providing services to our children/youth and families consistent with our Métis values, beliefs and traditional ways of being.

Michif Elder's Council

Denise

Elder Council Member

Ellen

Elder Council Member

Fred

Elder Council Member

Joyce

Elder Council Member

Larry

Elder Council Member

Lea

Elder Council Member

Lynda

Elder Council Member

Marie

Elder Council Member

Melba

Elder Council Member

Patrick

Elder Council Member

Verma

Elder Council Member

DOLLY

Elder Council Member

Don

Elder Council Member


Michif Board

The Board is comprised of Directors with an elected slate of executive officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer). The Executive Officers or Executive Committee are empowered to act on behalf of the Board, in a limited capacity, between board meetings. As LMO has a very small Board, you may not have the formality or the full structure of other boards.
The Board fulfills traditional functions:
  • Setting the strategic direction for the organization,
  • Reviewing the conduct of the organization’s business and
  • Providing assessment of the Executive Director, who is responsible for day-to-day operations.


Michif Board Members


Nicole Semenoff

President


Dawn Campbell
(nee Sodke)

Vice President


April Fisher

Director


Kaleena Carriere

Treasurer


Megan Banman

Secretary



Administrative Team

The role of the Michif Administration Team is to provide the office with all supports. These roles are vital to ensure that everything in the background is taken care of for all staff, and business can run smoothly and efficiently.

Michif Administration Team


Colleen

She/Her

Executive Director

Cathy

Executive Assistant

Rhonda

Office Manager

Corryna

She/Her Enn/Sa

Human Resources Representative

Jeanette

Special Projects Coordinator

Carol

Team Assistant/ File Clerk

Belinda

Finance Manager

Danya

She/Her

Finance Assistant

Rene


Finance Assistant


EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Our Michif Early Childhood Development Services consists of two programs:
1) Indigenous Supported Child Development and
2) Indigenous Infant Development. These programs are designed to help parents, service providers and family members provide the best possible start for their Métis children. In addition to providing one-to-one support LMO is also delighted to offer a variety of drop-in programs all geared towards nurturing strong, positive attachments between children and their mothers & fathers. Please contact the our office for the most current programs.

Michif Early Childhood Development Team


Mackenzie

Michif Early Years Manager

Amber

Michif Early Childhood Consultant

Danielle

She/Her Enn/Sa

Michif Supported Child Development Consultant

Darlene

Michif Infant Development Consultant

Donnelle

Michif Supported Childhood Development Consultant

Leona

Michif Infant Development Consultant

Nicola

Michif Early Childhood Educator

Eryn

Michif Early Childhood Consultant

Gratiana

She/Her

Michif Early Years Support

Kat

Casual Michif Early Childhood Educator

CHILD/YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AND FAMILY WELLNESS


Our Child and youth mental health teams utilizes a holistic approach while addressing the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of children, youth and families. In addition, the program is designed to ensure life promotion for all Métis families by building meaningful connections and reminding children/youth who they are as proud Métis people.
Our Family Wellness is delivered in a manner consistent with our traditional Michif values of such as respect, compassion, and generosity. Our staff are dedicated to assisting parents achieve goals that will contribute to the safety and well-being of their children and family and remember the strength and resiliency that they carry within them as Métis People. Through a variety of support services, it is our hope to instill hope and possibility during what may be a difficult time in a one’s journey as a mother or father.

MICHIF CYMH AND FAMILY WELLNESS TEAM

Melissa

She/Her Enn/Sa

Michif Mental Health and Wellness Team Leader

Pearl

She/Her

Michif Family Wellness Counsellor

Jillian

She/Her

Michif Wellness Counsellor

Sharon

Michif Wellness Counsellor

Tia

She/Her Enn/Sa

Child and Youth Mental Health Counsellor

Cheryl

Child and Youth Mental Health Counsellor 


Michif support  Services

Our Michif Support Services Program is delivered in a manner consistent with our traditional Michif values of such as respect, compassion, and generosity. Our staff are dedicated to assisting parents achieve goals that will contribute to the safety and wellbeing of their children and family and remember the strength and resiliency that they carry within them as Métis People. Through a variety of support services, it is our hope to instill hope and possibility during what may be a difficult time in a one’s journey as a mother or father.

Melanie

Michif Support Services Team Leader

Sharon

Michif Youth Support Worker

Cheyenne

Michif Youth Support Worker

Peggy

Michif Youth Support Worker

Ashlie

Michif Youth Support Worker

Philip

Michif Father's Support Worker & Father's Group Facilitator

Aghogho

Michif Family Support Worker

Aisha

Michif Family Support Worker

Lee

Michif Family Support Worker Merritt


KINSHIP AND COMMUNITY CAREGIVERS

The teachings of our ancestors and contemporary research reinforce the importance of instilling within a child a sense of belonging and how doing so contributes to a child’s healthy development and serves as a profound protective factor throughout a child’s life. Our Michif Cultural Services Program is committed to providing opportunities for our children and youth, particularly those placed with a caregiver to develop positive connections to their families, community, and cultural identity as Métis People.

MICHIF delegated resources & staff development TEAM

Reshie

Delegated Resources & Staff Development Manager

Trisha

She/Her

Community Caregiver Social Worker


CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES

In October 2017, Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services became the second delegated Métis child and family services agency in the province of British Columbia. With the support of our Métis Community and Nation, we are working together to develop and deliver a culturally safe, Métis specific practice model to transform and improve outcomes for our Métis children and families involved with the child welfare system.

Guided by the principles of reconciliation, we wish to develop respectful relationships with those we serve so that together we can contribute to healing and wellness within our families and keep our most precious gifts, our children, safe.

  • Make a Report

    For any child protection concerns please contact Centralized Screening : 1-800-663-9122

  • Child/Youth Helpline

    If you are a child/youth and would like to talk to someone call the Helpline for Children 310-1234


child safety & support team

Jennifer

She/Her Enn/Sa

Child Safety Team Leader

Elanis

Delegated Social Worker

Lexa

She/Her Enn/Sa

Delegated Social Worker 

Charise

Delegated Social Worker

Sarah

Delegated Social Worker

Melissa

Delegated Social Worker


Kikekyelc: A Place of Belonging

Kikekyelc is a culturally safe, fully supported, 31 unit condo style development that houses Indigenous youth between the ages of 16 & 27, along with Indigenous Elders. The project was developed as a response to the overrepresentation of Indigenous youth who had aged out of foster care and into dire situations including homelessness, addictions, poverty and unemployment. Indigenous youth who have had experience in the child welfare system are not well prepared to live independently upon reaching the age of adulthood. They are often unconnected to family, culture and community.

Kikékyelc - A place of Belonging

Indigenous Youth Housing

Jody

Manager of Operations

Ken

Building Maintenance and Grounds Caretaker

Lia

Weekend Day Watch Attendant

Harley

Night Watch Attendant

Hunter

Evening Watch Attendant


michif youth services team

Daylan

Michif Youth Support Services Team Leader

Renee

Delegated Youth Social Worker

Hannah

Delegated Youth Social Worker