Aboriginal Family Services Development Program - West Kootenay

Provides support and consultation to Family Support Counselors and other service providers in the West Kootenay region who work with Aboriginal families.  This area includes Salmo, Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Slocan, Nakusp, and Kaslo

Offers services to Aboriginal families who may be experiencing family issues that require a support person to provide referrals, support, and cultural information. 

Aboriginal families who are working with the Ministry of Children and Family Development are first priority referrals to this program.  Families can also self-refer.

Services include:

  • Case planning and case management
  • Coordinated service interventions with other service providers
  • Referrals and information about other community services  programs (both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal)
  • Liaison with the Ministry of Children and Family  Development
  • Information regarding various cultural gatherings in the region
  • Métis Traditional Parenting and Personal Healing Program
  • Drum circles, talking/sharing circles and community drum making ceremonies

In addition, provides outreach services that support families in connecting to culture including one-on-one support as well as accompaniment and support for families to be part of traditional sharing circles, gatherings, and other ceremonies.

Program Coordinators:

  • Barb Cyr                     barb.coinations@gmail.com          250-353-1571
  • Michael Garvey         michael.coinations@gmail.com    250-265-8755
  • Breland Greschner    breland.coinations@gmail.com    250-608-7472

Address / Contact Info

Circle of Indigenous Nations Society (COINS) Main Office
1801 Connors Road Castlegar, BCV1N 3N9
Executive Director : Kris Salikin

Phone Numbers

Kris Salikin, Executive Director: (250) 231-4968

Web Links

Location Map

This program was last updated on: 20 May 2021.