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Understanding VACFSS’ Indigenous Core Cultural Competencies

Understanding VACFSS’ Indigenous Core Cultural Competencies

In August 2019, VACFSS finalized a key initiative to formally recognize how Indigenous cultural ways of knowing and being are integrated into our policy and practice. While VACFSS has been weaving Indigenous cultural knowledge and practice into our programs and services for many years, the newly defined Indigenous Core Cultural Competencies (ICCC) are an important […]

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Youth Advisory Council Strategic Plan

Youth Advisory Council Strategic Plan

In 2020, the VACFSS Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will celebrate 10 years since it was created. For two of our members, they will have been on the committee since the beginning. It has been quite a journey and we are constantly amazed at what we have achieved and how far we have come. For most […]

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Staff Spotlight: Patricia Phillips, Strengthening Families Coordinator

Staff Spotlight: Patricia Phillips, Strengthening Families Coordinator

Patricia supports families and fathers at VACFSS. Tell us about your background. I am from the Tobacco Plains Indian Band located in Grasmere, B.C., which is close to the USA and Alberta borders. I always knew I wanted to work with First Nations people, but in what capacity I wasn’t sure. Moving to Vancouver, I […]

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Inclusive Foster Care: A Closer Look

Inclusive Foster Care: A Closer Look

Indigenous children must be raised in relationship with family, community and culture. The nuturing of kinship ties and cultural identity is essential to their well-being. Inclusive Foster Care is a crucial practice that strengthens this vital connection to identity for children in care. In the early 2000’s, VACFSS convened a committee of parents, youth, foster […]

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Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2019

VACFSS’ CEO and Board of Directors are pleased to present the 2019 Annual Report. Each year, VACFSS reports to its membership, funders, and the community on its activities and achievements over the past year. We’re proud of the progress we’ve accomplished and look forward to another year of strengthening our capacity and providing services to […]

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Caregiver Voices: “I get the peace I didn’t have as a kid by providing it to these kids”

Caregiver Voices: “I get the peace I didn’t have as a kid by providing it to these kids”

Eric Schweig is a Canadian actor of mixed Inuvialuk, Chippewa-Dene and German heritage. He opens up about the joys and challenges of being a new foster caregiver to two siblings. As a former foster child himself, he knows all too well the obstacles that youth can face when growing up in care. “I was the […]

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Cultural Connections: Camps Strengthen Staff’s Understanding of Cultural Practices and Teachings

Cultural Connections: Camps Strengthen Staff’s Understanding of Cultural Practices and Teachings

With contribution from Destanie Tynes In order to offer continued learning and intertwine social work practice with Indigenous perspectives, Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS) offers annual cultural immersion camps for its staff. The camps bring together employees from across the agency to stay together for two days of immersive cultural teachings. “During […]

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Message from Jennifer Charlesworth, Representative for Children and Youth

Message from Jennifer Charlesworth, Representative for Children and Youth

Hello everyone, Thank you for the opportunity to fill you in on what’s been going on in my Office. It has been a busy time since I was appointed Representative for Children and Youth on Oct. 1, 2018. Among other things, we have released reports, held an open house in Prince George, spent time in […]

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Strengthening Our Relations: Restoring Family within Community

Strengthening Our Relations: Restoring Family within Community

On February 27-28 2019, Indigenous community members, youth, Elders and First Nations gathered to explore and learn about restorative child welfare practices at VACFSS’ Strengthening Our Relations: Restoring Family Within Community conference. The sold-out conference opened with a welcoming and prayer by Elder Orene Johnston from the Squamish Nation and a song by Elder Bruce […]

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Staff Spotlight: Gavin O’Toole, Residential Resources Manager

Staff Spotlight: Gavin O’Toole, Residential Resources Manager

Gavin’s career spans 33-years working with families and youth from across Canada—now he’s ready for his next challenge as the VACFSS Residential Resources Manager. Tell us about you background. I grew up on a farm in the Ottawa Valley, meaning a lot of farm work and rural country living when I was younger. My heritage […]