About Our Organization

Discover what we believe, and how we serve families.

In 2002 we invited submissions from the community for both a name and logo for our newly developing delegated urban Aboriginal child and family Agency.  In early June 2002 the Board members and staff chose the following Agency name submission offered by John Aitken, Health Outreach staff member of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. The following is John’s submission:

"When I was brainstorming agency names, I thought about what links all the Nations together on the Island. I looked up in the corner of my office and saw this big branch of cedar hanging there that I brought in from my home. The name just made sense."


John Aitken VNFC Staff


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Our vision is of healthy children who will grow up connected to their families, communities and culture. We will work together toward the day all children and families have skills, knowledge, education and support to ensure their children and their children’s children will not enter the child welfare or justice systems.

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Our Board of Directors ( Council ) consists of seven volunteer members. We have have actively recruited Aboriginal peoples with career expertise in K-12 and college level education instruction and administration, community administration, finance, social work, housing and youth corrections. Our community members recommended that five of the seven elected Council positions must be held by women. We have ensured that our community direction is written into our Agency Constitution and Bylaws and actively recruited and selected women for our Agency Council.

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Surrounded by Cedar is one of twenty three delegated aboriginal agencies in the Province of British Columbia and one of three urban agencies. As a Delegated Aboriginal Agency, Surrounded by Cedar is governed by the Child, Family and Community Services Act (CFCSA) and the Aboriginal Operational Practice Standards and Indicators (AOPSI). 

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