Kw’umut Lelum Celebrates 20 Years
Everyone is invited to attend the 20th anniversary of Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services at the Strong Roots, Strong Families celebration on July 6, 2016. This free event welcomes all nine member nations to honour and celebrate our children in care, and the families, caregivers, staff and community members who work tirelessly to support and deepen our cultural roots. The festivities kick off at 11:30 am at the Halalt First Nation gymnasium and athletic field located at 8017 Chemainus Road. Following a formal welcome and traditional ceremony, the afternoon offers a community BBQ lunch and Family Fun Fair with face painting, pony rides, bouncy castle, musical guests and more. Kw’umut Lelum’s theme of Children, Culture, Community reflects our commitment to our families and extended families to ensure that our children – our future leaders – have the best possible outcomes; i.e., safety and well-being, as well as a strong connection to community and cultural identity. Since 1994, our Coast Salish organization has taken on greater responsibilities – from home assessments to training of foster families. Today, we are a fully delegated agency with a mandate to include child safety services and permanency planning – getting First Nations children out of care and back to their families or into permanent homes within their First Nations communities. There have been so many success stories in the past 20 years of progress. From the first office in a small room in the Snaw-Naw-As Community Hall to the present day facilities in Snuneymuxw territory, the organization has expanded to include a satellite office on Penelakut Island as well as two group homes for youth in care. The KL Canoe Family has participated in Tribal Journeys in their own canoe and have built a model long house with Spirit Works to be the heart of KL’s new Four Seasons Cultural Program. Please join us to celebrate and honour all those involved in this good work. For more details on the event, check out our Facebook event page here.