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Who We Are
NIȽ TU,O is a Coast-Salish-Led organization
dedicated to strengthening the families,
communities, and Nations NIȽ TU,O serves.
Originally formed by representatives of the Esquimalt, Beecher Bay/ Scianew, Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Songhees, Tsawout, Tseycum and T’Sou-ke First Nations in 1997, NIȽ TU,O CFSS was formed in response to concerns about the number of Coast Salish children in the foster care system.
The following seven South Island Coast Salish Communities have submitted a BCR (Band Council Resolution) to have NIȽ TU,O CFSS provide services to their children and families: Beecher Bay/ Scianew, Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Songhees, Tsawout, Tseycum and T’Sou-ke. NIȽ TU,O provides two distinct streams of services. Both streams of services are designed to keep Coast Salish children with their families and in their community.
The first stream of services is Family Strengthening Programs for any member Nation youth, parents or caregivers that could benefit from additional support. The second is the types of Support Services that were previously provided by the Ministry of Child & Family Development (called delegated services) and are now provided by NIȽ TU,O CFSS using Coast Salish definitions of care.
Our services are 100% confidential and culturally safe.
Now Seeking Caregivers
NIȽ TU,O is committed to keeping Coast Salish kids with their families and in the community. As such, NIȽ TU,O is always seeking Coast Salish caregivers to provide a culturally safe and welcoming home for children who – for one reason or another – can’t live with their parents right now. Click here to learn more.
Family Strengthening Programs
NIȽ TU,O offers a variety of support and counselling services, group workshops, and other programs to help families, children and youth in the communities we serve. Click the button below to view all of our programs or scroll down to find information on an individual program.