Expansion of KL’s Services expected to reach Aboriginal Families Off-Reserve
Kw’umut Lelum (KL) has been serving the children and families of its Member Nations on reserve for more than 20 years. Responding to the mandate from our Member Nations, KL has negotiated the provision of our services to include all of our children and families, wherever they live - not just those living on reserve. The first step in this service expansion will be taken this fall, when we begin to deliver child and family services to those living off-reserve in the Nanaimo area.
Why are we expanding?
Kw’umut Lelum is able to deliver a full range of coordinated, culturally informed child safety and family wellness services to address the unique needs of Aboriginal families and communities. Our approach is informed and guided by Coast Salish values and uses collaborative family circles to engage the whole community in supporting families and keeping children out of care.
How and when are we expanding?
This kind of transition is a huge undertaking, with a lot of people involved. We want to make sure we do it right – that we can offer quality services in a sustainable way to new families and children under our care. We have a two-stage plan for expansion, starting with Nanaimo.
Beginning in November, Kw’umut Lelum will be providing services for Member Nation children and families in the Nanaimo area that currently have files with the Ministry of Child and Family Services – this includes any open child services files for children in or out of care, family services files, and any open incidents or investigations. Any new services required (child safety, family support services, etc) by Member Nation families living in Nanaimo will be referred to Kw’umut Lelum, not MCFD.
In order to better serve our families off-reserve in Nanaimo, we will be hiring additional staff to manage the increased caseload, and are opening a satellite office at 233 Prideaux St.
We expect to start providing the same services for our off-reserve families in the Duncan area in early 2019.
Who does this affect?
We are extending services to children and families who are registered to or identify as having a cultural connection to any of our nine Member Nations who are currently living off reserve in Nanaimo or Duncan. A “cultural connection” means you might not be registered with the Nation, but you might have family who is, or you were raised in their traditions, cultures and beliefs. Our Member Nations include:
Want to know more about the programs and services Kw’umut Lelum provides? Check out our website at www.kwumut.org.
Have a question? Contact us at 250.591.0933 or Toll-free 1.800.613.1777