Originally formed by representatives of the Esquimalt, Beecher Bay, 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, 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 or parents that could benefit from additional support. The second is the types of Support Services previously provided by the Ministry of Child & Family Development (called delegated services). As a Delegated Aboriginal Agency (DAA), currently delegated at C4, NIȽ TU,O provides the following delegated services:
- Guardianship and care for children in continuing care
- Voluntary support services to families
- Voluntary care or special needs agreements
- Recruitment, training, and support for caregivers
- Youth Agreements
- Respite Services
- Extended Family Program
- Agreement with Young Adults