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Teachings from the Half-Boy:

A Cultural Homecoming offers insight for Elders, parents and residential school survivors seeking to reclaim and preserve traditional culture for their children.

Culture flourishes with the sharing of knowledge between generations, Familiarity with traditional songs and stories creates a strong fabric of cultural literacy, but disconnection characterizes the First Nations experience.

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The price is $10 per DVD.

Learning from other Nations, participating in community activities and drawing inspiration from traditional stories are just a few of the strategies explored here. Resonating with the heart-pulse of the drum, the whisper of the river and the simple rhythm of the story-teller’s voice, Teachings from the Half-Boy offers suggestions for increasing literacy and preserving First Nations heritage for an emerging generation.

This DVD is dedicated to His Honour, Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia for his leadership in promoting literacy initiatives for Aboriginal youth and for his lasting contributions to the citizens of British Columbia.

Life Books

Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services (SCCFS) is proud to offer two unique Life Books for children who are in foster care or who have been adopted. These Life Books are available to any individual or agency looking to support caregivers to record special memories for their children. We are taking scrap booking to a new level – this is an opportunity to offer our children and families a visual history of their own lives.

Life Books Ordering Information

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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


Read more: Our Name & Logo

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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