In 1993, the Nicola Valley Tribal Council (now the Scw’exmx Tribal Council), with the support of Chiefs of the time, engaged the Province of British Columbia to assert its inherit right to exercise control over all matters related to the welfare of children and families. The Nicola Valley Tribal Council was concerned about the number of children being apprehended from their communities. As a result, Scw’exmx Child and Family Services Society was established in 1994 to administer the delivery of child welfare services to the five member bands living on reserve.
Today, Scw'exmx Child and Family Services is a fully delegated Society providing programs and services to the Nicola Valley and offers supports to both the on and off-reserve population of the five member communities and the urban Indigenous population. We accept the community led responsibility of strategic change in the significant shift from protection to prevention. We enact these strategies to ensure decisions, services, and programs are centered around a holistic Indigenous approach, with family and community input to identify each families’ unique needs.