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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.

Updated March 27,2020

In order to assist in the containment of the COVID-19 virus, Surrounded by Cedar’s office will be closed March 30 - April 10, 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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