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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

Debora

Elder Council Member  

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  

DeeDee

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 


Jennifer

President

 

Patrick 

Director

April 

Board Member


Bill 

Vice President

dawn 

Board Member


Sandra 

Board Member



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

Executive Director

Belinda

Finance Manager 

Carol

Team Assistant/ File Clerk

Cathy Garay

Executive Assistant

corryna

Human Resources Representative

Danya

Finance Assistant

Rene


Finance Accountant

Rhonda

Office Manager

Yvonne

Office 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

ECD Team Leader

Amber

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant

Danielle 

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant

Darlene 

Aboriginal Infant Development Program Consultant

 

Donnelle

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Support Worker

Gratiana

Michif Early Childhood Worker

Leona

Aboriginal Infant Development Program Consultant

Meghan

Program Assistant/Direct Support Worker

Melissa

Michif Youth Development Support Worker

Montana

Part-Time ECD Assistant

Nicola

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Support Worker

Sarah

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant

 

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

Nicole

CYMH and Family Wellness Team Leader & Wellness Clinician

Cassidy

Michif Wellness Coordinator 

Jillian 

CYMH Indigenous Counsellor

Melissa

CYMH Wellness Clinician 

Sharon

Child and Youth Mental Health Counsellor

Virginia

Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician


Michif Family Support 

Our Family 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.

MICHIF Family Support TEAM

Lexa

Michif Family Support Team Leader

Charise

Family Support Worker

Deanie

Michif Family  Support Worker 

Jacqueline

Michif Family  Support Worker 

Jonelle

Métis Citizenship Coordinator for Children and Families

Lee 

Michif Family Support Worker - Merritt

Melanie

Michif Family Support Worker 


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 KINSHIP AND Community CAREGIVER TEAM 

Reshie

Team Leader

TRISHA

Community Caregiver Social Worker

TBA

Kinship Support 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 team

Reshie

Delegated Team Leader

courtney

Delegated Social Worker

DAYLAN

Delegated Social Worker

jennifer

Delegated Social Worker

Pearl

Guardianship Social Worker and Family Circle Coordinator

TIA

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

Alaina

Custodian

amy

Indigenous Youth Support Worker

Bonnie

Indigenous Youth Support Worker

Ken

Building Maintenance and Grounds Caretaker

Lia

Night Watch Attendant

Melissa

Weekend Day Watch Attendant 

Philip

Night Watch Attendant 


urban INDIGENOUS YOUTH team

Justene

Urban Indigenous Youth Support  Services Team Lead

Sharon

Urban Indigenous Youth Support Worker

Jay 

Urban Indigenous Youth Support Worker