Scw'exmx means "People of the Creek"

in the Thompson language. 


Scw'exmx Child and Family Services Society (SCFSS) is a delegated Agency for Coldwater Indian Band, Lower Nicola Indian Band, Nooaitch Band, Shackan Band and Upper Nicola Indian Band.


We are all somebody's 7th generation. We are working collaboratively to facilitate opportunities for our children, families, and communities to achieve their full potential and realize a healthy quality of life through the implementation of our laws, jurisdiction, and ancestral beliefs, values, and teachings. 



We recognize and understand the challenges that each of our communities face and the strengths that they all have to offer.  SCFSS has endeavored to work in collaboration with our five member bands to keep families together through community based service delivery, advocacy, respect and education.


SCFSS has been providing child protection and support services to the Nicola Valley since 1994. We are a fully delegated child protection agency which receives funding from both the Ministry of Child and Family Development and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.


SCFSS has a responsibility to comply with provincial and federal legislation, but also works closely with the 5 member bands to ensure that the needs of the communities are being met. While the protection of children is the agency's highest priority, SCFSS utilizes a preventative approach, providing culturally based support services that give families the tools to help them stay together.



Our Children. Our Responsibility.

Scw'exmx Child & Family Services Society
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2975 Clapperton Avenue, Merritt BC V1K 1G2

​Telephone: ​250-378-2771

Fax: 250-378-2799

Toll-Free Number: 1-877-378-2773

Child Protection Concern After Office Hours: 1-800-663-9122

Children’s Help Line: 310-1234 (For children and youth)