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Aboriginal Back to School Picnic

Registration for all Back to School Picnics is now closed.

Late applications will be accepted at the event in your community on a first come-first served basis.

We will be bringing a small amount of extra supplies to each event, but of course cannot make any guarantees that your students will receive supplies or that their specific grade will be available.

The registration site is now closed and the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will only be used to send out event reminders, sending an email to this address will not garner any results as far as new/late registrations go. Your best bet at this point is to come and join in the celebration in your community. Enjoy the summer everyone and we look forward to seeing you at the Picnic in your community.

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Picnic Locations & Times

Victoria Picnic
August 12th
1401 Rockland Ave (Government House)


Duncan Picnic
August 14th
3170 Gibbons


Campbell River Picnic
August 15
391 Westgate


Courtenay Picnic
August 16th
2060 Lake Trail


Port Alberni Picnic - NEW LOCATION 
August 17th
Port Alberni Friendship Center
3555 4th Avenue


Nanaimo Picnic
August 18th
3201 Shenton Road


Surrey Picnic 
August 21st
Surrey-Bridgeview Community Center
11475-126A Street


Mission Picnic 
August 22nd
Fraser River Heritage Park


Prince George Picnic 
August 24th
1600 3rd Avenue


Terrace Picnic 
August 25th
Kermode Friendship Centre
3313 Kalum Street


Prince Rupert Picnic 
August 26th
Prince Rupert Recreation Complex

Back to School Picnic - On site parking is limited.

Free Shuttle Service: less than 6 minutes from Victoria High School and Central Middle School for Victoria Back to School Picnic. 10:00am-3:00pm. Thanks to our friends at Community Action Bus for helping us out with rides.

The name of the bus stop is Arrival Stop Name: Eastbound Fort at Fernwood for those taking the bus.

social coast busCommunity Action Bus

Parking is available beside the Vic-High field, as indicated by the red arrow. This is a link to the shuttle route. The shuttle will stop on Moss St at Fort Street to pick up folks from bus stop and Central Middle School, parkers and bus riders will need to walk approx. half a block to get to this corner.

park at vic high

Aboriginal Back to School Picnic Registration is open now!

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

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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. The picnic would not be a success without BTSP Coordinator Ron Rice and his incredible work in organizing these events throughout the Province. We would not have an event of this magnitude without his support.

In August 2016 we hosted ten events on the Island, the lower mainland and the coastal north, all done in cooperation with our friends at M’akola Housing Group and various Friendship Centres.

Our flagship event in Victoria was hosted at Government House for a second year and attended by Her Honour the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lt. Governor of British Columbia. We then stopped in; Duncan; Campbell River; Courtenay; Port Alberni and Nanaimo. The following week we headed to Surrey and Mission. For the first time we brought the Picnic to Terrace and Prince Rupert thanks to our partners at M’akola Housing Group and RBC Royal Eagles.

We want to express our deepest gratitude to all of our partners; The Province of British Columbia; RBC Royal Eagles; M’akola Housing Group; Vancity; Rina M Bidin Foundation; Scotiabank; Unitarian Church; Monk Office; Ridley Terminals; Turtle Island Events; MNP (Meyers Norris Penny) and the Capital Regional District.

This year we provided support to 2,701 students from pre-school to post-secondary in ten communities. We hosted in excess of 4880 people for lunch and celebration.


Regions and Times

Victoria BC August 13 2016
11:00 am – 3pm (late/onsite registration will open at 12:30 pm)

Duncan BC August 15 2016

Campbell River BC August 16 2016

Courtenay BC August 17 2016

Port Alberni BC August 18 2016
12:30 am – 3:30pm

Nanaimo BC August 19 2016

Back to School Picnic 2017

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