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Current Newsletter

The Surrounded by Cedar Newsletters are released quarterly. For a copy of our current newsletter, please download it here. Any feedback or suggestions are appreciated.

Calendar of Events

The Surrounded by Cedar Calendar keeps track of important dates and upcoming events around our organization and the Victoria area. Click the link  for our calendar.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services is working hard to ensure that youth and young adults do not encounter barriers that prevent them from receiving the services and supports they may need. Several emergency measures have been approved by the provincial government until June 30, 2020.

Youth in Care:

  • If you are turning 19 between April 1 and June 30, 2020, you will be able to stay where you are during the pandemic.
  • Your social worker will help you to sign an agreement with your caregivers that will extend your current living arrangements until June 30, 2020, as long as you and your caregiver are in agreement with this plan.
  • Your legal status will still end, and you will not be considered “in care” anymore.

Youth on Independent Living and Youth Agreements:

  • If you are currently on an Independent Living Agreement or a Youth Agreement and you are turning 19 during the COVID-19 pandemic, your Agreement can be extended to June 30th, 2020 and you will continue to receive funding to cover your housing costs and living expenses.
  • Your coverage for MSP, Pharmacare, medical supplies and Pacific Blue Cross benefit, including optical and dental will remain in place.
  • You may already have plans in place to transition into the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) Program.  You can still transition into this program as planned.
  • Talk to your social worker about the emergency support available to you through the pandemic.

Youth in Care Transitioning to CLBC:

  • If you are turning 19 and are to be transitioning to CLBC services, you might be supported to maintain your current placement during the pandemic, where appropriate.
  • CLBC and SCCFS will work closely with you to ensure a smooth transition.     

Youth Who Have Recently Aged Out of Care or a Youth Agreement:

  • If you aged out of care or a Youth Agreement between January 1 and March 30, 2020, we are here to support you!
  • You may qualify for the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) Program. A new Temporary Life Skills Program has been made available and provides increased options for young people who qualify for AYA, including virtual opportunities. You will need to commit to 5 hours of programming each week for 12 weeks.
  • We can also support you to access federal and/or provincial benefits that have been made available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agreements with Young Adults (AYA):

  • If you are currently in the AYA Program, your funding will not be impacted during the pandemic, even if there were interruptions to your programming.
  • If you are currently in the AYA program and you are turning 27 soon, you do not need to worry, there are options for you to remain on the program. 
  • A new Temporary Life Skills Program has been made available and provides increased options for young people who qualify for the AYA Program, including virtual opportunities.You will need to commit to 5-hours of programming each week for 12 weeks.      

If you are an urban Indigenous youth or young adult who needs support during the COVID-19 pandemic, please call our office at (250) 383-2990 or toll free at 1-855-383-2990.    

You can also contact the BC Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) to learn more about supports available to you at 1-800-476-3933 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Provincial Centralized Screening staff are available 24/7 to support you and can be reached at 1-800-663-9122.   

Updated June 05, 2020

Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services is taking precautions to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

SCCFS essential service providers continue to work from the office on a rotating schedule. This allows us to maintain proper physical distancing.

Face-to-face meetings continue to be limited. If you need to meet with a member of our team, please make these arrangements via telephone or email.

Staff contact information remains available on our website.

**Please avoid dropping into the office without a scheduled appointment**

Our non-essential service providers continue to work primarily from home. This includes our Cultural Programming and Cultural Continuity staff. Should you need to reach any of these staff, please do so via email or cell phone.

Our Office Hours are: Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. (with a closure between 12 and 1 p.m.)  Phone: (250) 383-2990 Fax: (250) 383-2509 Toll Free: 855-383-2990 Website: www.surroundedbycedar.com

 

In the event of a Guardianship Emergency, please contact Alysha Brown at (250) 580-3279.

In the event of a Resources Emergency, please contact Wes Haase at (250) 217-6329.

For any other matters, please contact Jennifer Chuckry, Executive Director at (250) 896-4260
or 
Robin Croteau, Programs Manager at (250) 507-5613.

 

CLICK FOR EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST

 

 

For any emergencies outside of regular business hours, please contact Centralized Screening at 1-800-663-9122.

 

If you are concerned about any symptoms you or a child/youth in your care may be exhibiting, please contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1 for a telephone assessment.

In the event of a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go immediately to hospital.

If a child, youth, caregiver or contractor of Surrounded by Cedar becomes ill with COVID-19, please report this directly to Centralized Screening at 1-800-663-9122.

 

Information and updates regarding COVID-19 can be found at the following sites:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

http://covid-19.bccdc.ca/

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/covid-19-information

https://www.wellnesstogether.ca 

https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/diseases-conditions/novel-coronavirus-information

https://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/communicable-disease-control/coronavirus

Updated July 1, 2020

Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee has been working with Worksafe BC to create a COVID-19 Safety plan. We have followed the steps layed out by WCB in order to reduce any risks for our staff and the community we serve. Please review our safety document below. 

 

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Updated April 13,2020

In order to assist in the containment of the COVID-19 virus, Surrounded by Cedar’s office will be closed through April 30, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the current situation and provide an update on any further closures. Any updates will be posted to our agency’s website at www.surroundedbycedar.com. Additionally, further updates can be accessed through our regular telephone system and notifications will be posted on the agency’s doors.

**All staff are continuing to work from home and remain available through email and cell phone**

 

In the event of a Guardianship Emergency, please contact Alysha Brown at (250) 580-3279.

In the event of a Resources Emergency, please contact Wes Haase at (250) 217-6329.

For any other matters, please contact Jennifer Chuckry, Executive Director at (250) 896-4260
or 
Robin Croteau, Programs Manager at (250) 507-5613.

 

Click for Emergency Contact List

 

For any emergencies outside of regular business hours, please contact Centralized Screening at 1-800-663-9122.

 

If you are concerned about any symptoms you or a child/youth in your care may be exhibiting, please contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1 for a telephone assessment.

In the event of a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go immediately to hospital.

If a child, youth, caregiver or contractor of Surrounded by Cedar becomes ill with COVID-19, please report this directly to Centralized Screening at 1-800-663-9122.

 

Information and updates regarding COVID-19 can be found at the following sites:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

http://covid-19.bccdc.ca/

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/covid-19-information

 

2019 Picnic

This year the Victoria Picnic will be taking place:
Saturday, August 10th, 2019
at Government House - 1401 Rockland Avenue.
  

Thank you everyone! The Back to School Picnic Registration has closed for all communities.

Late registration will be available on a first come, first-served basis. Reservations for backpacks will not be taken, no phone calls please.

We’d like to raise our hands and thank our funders, sponsors, volunteers and Coordinator for all their work on making this wonderful event so successful. We look forward to seeing you all at the picnic!

Regions and Times

Victoria BC - Saturday August 10 2019
11:00pm-3:00pm
1401-Rockland Avenue Government House

Prince George BC - Wednesday August 14 2019
11:30pm-3:00pm
1600-3rd Avenue

Duncan BC - Monday August 19 2019
3:00pm-6:00pm
3170 Gibbons Road

Nanaimo BC - Tuesday August 20 2019
3pm-6pm
3201 Shenton Road

Port Alberni BC - Wednesday August 21 2019
12:30pm-3:30pm
Port Alberni Friendship Centre 3555 4th Avenue

Campbell River BC - Thursday August 22 2019
3:00pm-6:00pm
391 Westgate Road

Countney BC - Friday August 23 2019
3:00pm-6:00pm
2060 Lake Trail

About the Picnic

About the Picnic

The annual Aboriginal Back to School Picnic (BTSP) initiative began in Victoria in 2003 as a small community celebration for a few children.

One urban Aboriginal community-based organization, Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services (SCCFS) sought financial and volunteer support from four sister agencies, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC), the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC), Hulitan Social Services and M’akola Housing Society and First Nations Education at School District 61 (Victoria) to develop and implement the first BTSP.

This initiative resulted in over 100 attendees and 45 backpacks of school supplies offered to urban Aboriginal children. No questions asked.

The program has grown and changed with guidance and support of SCCFS management and Board of Directors.

Registration & Volunteering

Picnic Registration & Volunteering

Aboriginal Back to School Picnic Registration is open now!

Date:August 12th, 2017 (Victoria) 
Registration Deadline: July 9th, 2017 - Everyone MUST Register

For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interested in becoming a volunteer for the Picnic? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

 This year the Victoria Picnic will be taking place:
Saturday, August 10th, 2019 
at Government House - 1401 Rockland Avenue.
  

Thank you everyone! The Back to School Picnic Registration has closed for all communities.

Late registration will be available on a first come, first-served basis. Reservations for backpacks will not be taken, no phone calls please.

We’d like to raise our hands and thank our funders, sponsors, volunteers and Coordinator for all their work on making this wonderful event so successful. We look forward to seeing you all at the picnic!


We are still looking for volunteers! Interested in becoming a volunteer for the Picnic?  Please fill out the form here:https://backtoschoolpicnics.wufoo.com/forms/z1uah1wn1fupar1/  or Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ALL Volunteers must complete a Criminal Record Check with a vulnerable sector check.

This process must be completed every 2 years. There is no cost for this. If you currently hold a valid Criminal Record Check with your employer or university, please use the ‘share’ option.

If you volunteered with the Picnic last year and had a CRC run, please indicate ‘on file’ under “Tell us why you want to volunteer”. If you are unsure, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online Link: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/ Access Code: VLUD7K3MLD


Regions and Times

Victoria BC - Saturday August 10 2019
11:00pm-3:00pm
1401-Rockland Avenue Government House

Prince George BC - Wednesday August 14 2019
11:30pm-3:00pm
1600-3rd Avenue

Duncan BC - Monday August 19 2019
3:00pm-6:00pm
3170 Gibbons Road

Nanaimo BC - Tuesday August 20 2019
3pm-6pm
3201 Shenton Road

Port Alberni BC - Wednesday August 21 2019
12:30pm-3:30pm
Port Alberni Friendship Centre 3555 4th Avenue

Campbell River BC - Thursday August 22 2019
3:00pm-6:00pm
391 Westgate Road

Countney BC - Friday August 23 2019
3:00pm-6:00pm
2060 Lake Trail

 

 

 

On December 21, 2017, Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services cancelled the Continuing Custody Order of two Dakota boys, seeing them returned home to their birth mother.
 
The journey for these young ones started long before the arrival in the Victoria Court House shortly before Christmas.  Generations earlier, the systems of colonialism and oppression presented themselves amongst this family system, and over time, the deep impacts of such significant trauma arrived to stay.  Addiction, cultural disconnection, dislocation, loss, grief, and removal set a new, shaky and crumbling foundation.
Read more: The Journey Home

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