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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.

SURROUNDED BY CEDAR CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES

Employment Opportunity

JOB TITLE: Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

JOB STATUS: Full-Time

REPORTS TO: Executive Directors (IPS Indigenous Perspectives Society & Surrounded By Cedar)

JOB SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Executive Directors, the Indigenous Knowledge Keeper will have a range of responsibilities within both organizations and will be dedicated to advising and guiding the leadership of the workplaces toward a more focussed and knowledgeable approach to working with the local Indigenous community.

In working with IPS, the Indigenous Knowledge Keeper will be an integral part of a team working to create a training model rooted in cultural understanding for staff and volunteers. In working with SCCFS, the Indigenous Knowledge Keeper will provide a range of cultural support to all program areas, while offering support, guidance, advice and encouragement to all agency staff, children and youth in care, caregivers and birth family members.

The Indigenous Knowledge Keeper will be based in-house, rotating their schedule between both organizations. They will be considered an employee of the societies and therefore subject to the policies and workplace standards in place for all employees.

 

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Read more: Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Job Posting

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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