CULTURE AND LANGUAGE
The Culture and Language Team is committed to incorporating nłeʔkepmx and syilx language and cultural practices into SCFSS services and programs. Through the wisdom of our Elders and Knowledge Keepers, we share cultural teachings and language with children, young people, families, care providers, and staff. We incorporate land-based cultural practices for healing, and consistently increase culturally grounded programs and services using traditional knowledge and values.
Our Elders have played an integral part in conversations around the strategic priority of “How to Bring our Children Home” and what reunification looks like for our children and young people.
Cultural Program Coordinators
Cultural Program Coordinators develop and facilitate programs for Scw’exmx peoples, helping retain and spread knowledge of traditional teachings and practices. Programs in the past have included language lessons, basket making, hide curing, dipnet making, and more.
They also work closely with Care Providers to ensure young people in care stay tied to their culture, helping implement Family Care Plans.
Our Cultural Program Coordinators work to develop and implement cultural training, and to incorporate culture and language firmly in all our programs and services. From the moment they are hired staff are introduced and guided through the culture and language by our Cultural