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Part 1: Introduction


This Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued by Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services (SCCFS) for the purpose of awarding a contract to a Registered Psychologist to complete a series of psychoeducational assessments for urban Indigenous children and youth in care (attending various schools within School Districts 61, 62 &63) and provide recommendations for learning difficulties to be included in the child/youth’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP).

SCCFS is an urban Delegated Indigenous Agency. Through an agreement with the Provincial Director of Child Welfare, SCCFS is responsible for the administration of various sections of the Child, Family and Community Services Act (CFCSA), including Guardianship & Permanency Planning services to urban Indigenous children and youth in Continuing Care. Additionally, SCCFS offers a variety of non-delegated support services.
The mission of SCCFS is to provide child and family services rooted in cultural values and beliefs to restore and enhance the strength and resiliency of the urban Indigenous community. Our vision is of healthy children who will grow up connected to their families, communities and cultures.




Read more: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - Psychological Assessment Services

Picnic Updates 2018

2018 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 bring the program to the Prince George Native Friendship Centre on our way to Terrace and Prince Rupert.

Here in Victoria we provided supplies and gifts to 1160 students from pre-school to post secondary and a combined total of 3400 students province wide. The Picnic team traveled nearly 5000 km in total and hosted events in; Victoria, Duncan, Campbell River, Courtenay, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Prince George, Terrace and Prince Rupert. Supplies sere shipped to Mission and they hosted their own event this year.

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 10 communities.

We acknowledge the financial support of the province of BC, Vancity, 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 10 2019.

About the Picnic

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.

Registration & Volunteering

Picnic Registration & Volunteering

Aboriginal Back to School Picnic Registration is open now!

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

For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interested in becoming a volunteer for the Picnic? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This year the Victoria Picnic will be taking place on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at Government House - 1401 Rockland Avenue.   

Registration is now closed for the 2018 Picnics.

If you missed the registration deadline, there will be a LIMITED amount of extra supplies given out at each picnic on a first come first serve basis.

For those in the Victoria area, late registration will open this year at 1:30pm. Please feel free to come earlier to enjoy the picnic activities and lunch. If you arrive before 1:30 there will be lunch coupons and registration forms available at the late registration table.

Interested in becoming a volunteer for the Picnic? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ALL Volunteers must complete a Criminal Record Check with a vulnerable sector check.

This process must be completed ever 2 years. There is no cost for this. If you currently hold a valid Criminal Record Check with your employer or university, please use the ‘share’ option.

If you volunteered with the Picnic last year and had a CRC run, please indicate ‘on file’ under “Tell us why you want to volunteer”. If you are unsure, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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




On December 21, 2017, Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services cancelled the Continuing Custody Order of two Dakota boys, seeing them returned home to their birth mother.
The journey for these young ones started long before the arrival in the Victoria Court House shortly before Christmas.  Generations earlier, the systems of colonialism and oppression presented themselves amongst this family system, and over time, the deep impacts of such significant trauma arrived to stay.  Addiction, cultural disconnection, dislocation, loss, grief, and removal set a new, shaky and crumbling foundation.
Read more: The Journey Home

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