Surrounded by Cedar employs a full-time Aboriginal Cultural Programs Coordinator who is responsible for providing cultural programs for urban Aboriginal and off-reserve children, with an emphasis on children-in-care, their caregivers, relevant family and community members. The CPC works hand in hand with SCCFS team members and other child and youth friendly agencies to give our children and youth the very best opportunities to develop their potential and embrace their culture.
XE’XU T’ULUTS’THUT Youth Leadership (Sacred Circle)
Sacred Circle Leadership began in 2008, and was initiated and developed by SCCFS. This program is a youth development initiative offered through the Cultural Programs department. The main tenet of Leadership has always been a focus on life-long learning to deepen ones self-identity, sense of stewardship and responsibility for one’s own growth. The ability to support our youth has been the driving force behind our desire to understand and reclaim our identity as First Indigenous peoples. “XE’XU T’ULUTS’THUT fills an important gap in our young people’s lives whether they are Aboriginal Metis or Non Aboriginal; a key responsibility for us is to support the holistic development of an educated citizen.” ·
Sacred Circle and the evolution of Leadership
In August 2012 we received our new name “XE’XU T’ULUTS’THUT Youth Leadership”. We are eternally grateful to Mena Pagaduan, a Hul’qumi’num instructor in Quw’utsun territory who met with elders to discuss the meaning and translation of “Sacred Circle” into the Hul’qumi’num Language. XE’XU T’ULUTS’THUT Youth Leadership builds and supports healthy culturally relevant youth programming focused on indigenous ways of being and healthy youth development practice. See our video here.
Xe’Xu T’uluts’thut is a comprehensive, culturally based youth leadership development program that has evolved in response to youth voice, ongoing community conversations, student internships and participatory action research in social work and child and youth care. The group fills an important gap in our young people’s lives whether they are Aboriginal, Métis or Non Aboriginal; a key responsibility for us is to support the holistic development of an educated citizen.
Xe’Xu T’uluts’thut provides the necessary preventative stepping stones that will give youth a foundation to build lifelong skills that will enrich their own lives and support the changing tide of Aboriginal achievement.
Our project includes a Wisdom Council comprised of our youth in care, youth who have transitioned out of care, and young Aboriginal professionals and healthy Elders. The Wisdom Council meets quarterly to discuss and make recommendations for ongoing development of programming. We also host and monthly youth and elders’ dinner for youth and elders to gather, share a meal and build lifelong relationships. The dinners are hosted by our Elder in Residence and our Cultural Program Coordinator.
Our logo was designed by Ray Sim, a member of the Musqueam First Nation of Vancouver, BC. Ray designed this logo for SCCFS initially for the “All my Relations Coalition” of urban Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal agencies working in solidarity in the greater Victoria area. We were recently gratned full access to this beautiful logo and we are proud to continue the legacy of our vision of vibrant communities based on equity, inclusion, generosity, and opportunity.
Cultural Programming Activities:
- Spring & Summer Break Cultural Camps
- Pro D Child and Youth Workshops
- Coming of Age Ceremonies
- Aging out of Care Ceremonies
Phone: 250 383-2990 ext.204
Fax: 250 383-2509