2017 Picnic Update
The annual Aboriginal Back to School Picnics were once again so much fun for community, volunteers and staff alike. This year SCCFS was pleased to welcome the Prince George Native Friendship Centre as a new delivery partner. Making an eleventh stop on our Picnic tour.
Here in Victoria we provided supplies and gifts to 1164 students from pre-school to post secondary and a combined total of 3318 students province wide. The Picnic team traveled nearly 5000 km in total and hosted events in; Victoria, Duncan, Campbell River, Courtenay, Port Alberni, Nanaimo.
The team took a day off before traveling to Surrey, Mission, Prince George, Terrace and Prince Rupert. 11 events in 14 days.
In each community M’akola Housing staff and Friendship Centre staff came out to help us host their families and children and we are grateful for the chance to celebrate with our partners and the 11 communities.
We acknowledge the financial support of the province of BC, RBC Royal Eagles, Vanity, Rina M Bidin Foundation, Monk Office, University of Victoria, Ridley Terminals Inc, MNP, Out of the Blue Designs and in-kind contributions from our friends at Government House.
Plans have already begun for next year’s event, Saturday August 11 2018.
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.
Picnic Registration & Volunteering
Registration for all Back to School Picnics is now closed. Plans have already begun for next year’s event, Saturday August 11 2018.
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.
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