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
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
Date:August 12th, 2017 (Victoria)
Registration Deadline: July 9th, 2017 - Everyone MUST Register
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.
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.
Online Link: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/ Access Code: VLUD7K3MLD
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