Cariboo Chilcotin (coming soon)

Foundry Cariboo Chilcotin will offer young people 12-24 access to mental health and substance use support, primary care, peer support and social services.
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Contact

person George Warr email gwarr@ccchild.org

Land Acknowledgement

With gratitude and recognition to the Secwépemc, Carrier, Métis and Tsilhqot’in people for the privilege of working, learning, living and playing upon their unceded ancestral lands

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Who we are

Hosted by the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre Association, Foundry Cariboo Chilcotin unites multiple partner organizations that will address the health and wellness needs of young people aged 12 to 24 and their families who live the Cariboo Chilcotin area.

Announcement of St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School

On January 25, 2022, Williams Lake First Nations chief and council discussed preliminary findings from St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School investigation where details of unmarked graves were officially released to the public. Click here for further details.

Acknowledgment and offer of support

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We acknowledge the ongoing investigation of additional unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools across Canada. We extend our thoughts to the Williams Lake First Nation and each of the Indigenous communities, Nations, families and youth affected by this news.

As more unmarked graves are surveyed across the province, we are here if you need support during this time. Foundry offers in-person and online supports for young people ages 12-24 and their families and caregivers. There are also Indigenous-specific cultural and emotional support services available from @IRSSurvivor below (see tweet here as reference).

To access the support Foundry offers:

  • Visit a Foundry centre near you, located in 11 communities across BC. Find the centre closest to you at foundrybc.ca/find-a-centre
  • Our provincial virtual services through the Foundry BC app, access counselling, peer support, primary care, employment services and groups. Support is also provided by phone at 1-833-308-6379, available Mon-Sun, 1:15 pm -7:45 pm. More information found at foundrybc.ca/virtual
  • Drop-in counselling and youth peer support is available Tuesday to Thursday from 2-6 pm
  • Book appointments can be made up to 14 days in advance at a time that works best for you.
  • All services are free and confidential — no referral required.

What Foundry is doing

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At Foundry, we are working to respectfully hold and nurture relationships with Indigenous Peoples, including Indigenous youth and family advisors, staff, lead agencies and partners, who lead, guide and inform our work.

Providing safer and more inclusive care for Indigenous young people, families and communities is our priority. In order to do this work well, we are cultivating cultural safety and humility. As an organization we strive to achieve this by:

  • Making a significant commitment to developing, implementing and sustaining an Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility Framework. This includes the creation of an Indigenous Wellness Team led and staffed by Indigenous folks in Foundry who work alongside Indigenous consultants and knowledge keepers.
  • Making a commitment to ensure that all Foundry staff participate in ongoing learning opportunities to increase our knowledge of the historical and current experiences of colonization and genocide.
  • Committing to hearing and telling the truth of the continuing harm resulting from the ongoing colonization of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Committing to building resources, investing in Indigenous staff and supporting the Indigenous Wellness work across the province where Foundry has a presence.
  • Honouring and supporting Indigenous colleagues as knowledge keepers who help guide our growth and humility in this work.

Words and good intentions are not enough.

These are all starting points and Foundry needs to do more to redress the centuries of genocide that continues to take place on the stolen, ancestral and occupied territories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples who have been here for millennia.

What is Foundry doing to ensure a culturally safe, inclusive and respectful environment in its work?

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We recognize our role and responsibility as a white settler organization in calling out and dismantling colonialism in the work we do.

At Foundry, we are working respectfully to hold and nurture relationships with Indigenous Peoples, including Indigenous youth and family advisors, staff, lead agencies and partners, who lead, guide and inform our work.

We continue to develop, implement and sustain an Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility Framework. This includes the creation of an Indigenous Wellness Team led and staffed by Indigenous folks in Foundry who work alongside Indigenous consultants and knowledge keepers

Our ongoing work also includes ensuring we create culturally safe and respectful environments for IBPOC communities including the development of:

  • AROC, the Anti-Racism Organizational Change task group within Foundry.
  • Anti-Racism Youth Forum

Over the past year, we’ve engaged The Commons and Reciprocal Consulting to complete organizational assessments to support Foundry’s ability to address systemic racism and to develop our approach to social justice and advocacy

“Culture is important to me. I want somewhere I can go to learn to carve and use my hands”

- Yunesit'in Youth of the Tsilhqot'in people

“The Foundry needs to come to Cariboo Chilcotin to motivate the next generation of Youth so they can reach their full potential"

- A. 16

“We need to get out kids back on track, and they need more supports to get back in the right direction”

- B. Foster Parent 62.

“Youth in Cariboo Chilcotin need to learn life-skills, financial aid, self-care, and how to handle addictions”

- T. 23

“Foundry is a place that’s welcoming where you feel comfortable, not like that other place where you’re stuck in a room and have to be there.”

- E. 15

“Foundry is somewhere you can go and get everything you need to succeed in life.”

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“Foundry in Cariboo Chilcotin should be open right when you need it.”

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“Foundry is a place that’s welcoming where you feel comfortable, not like that other place where you’re stuck in a room and have to be there.”

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“Foundry is somewhere you can go and get everything you need to succeed in life.”

- S. 19
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Get Involved

Opportunities for Youth

Foundry centres are created for young people, by young people! We are currently recruiting for our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), which will:

  • Help inform and create the decision making process for the centre
  • Inform the physical aspects of the centre, services available, etc
  • Once the centre opens, the YAC will continue to be an integral part of the team and shape youth services in Cariboo Chilcotin!

To learn more and get involved, contact George Warr by email at gwarr@cccdca.org or call 250-392-4481.

Help Spread the Word

We want to let the community know that Foundry is coming to Cariboo Chilcotin! If you are interested in helping us spread this messaging, feel free to print out our rack card and distribute!

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Partnerships

Hosted by Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre Association, Foundry Cariboo Chilcotin is bringing together partner organizations that will address the health and wellness needs of young people aged 12 to 24 and their families. The goal is to bring existing service providers together and work collaboratively to improve youth services in Cariboo Chilcotin.

If you are interested in learning more about partnerships, email George Warr at gwarr@ccchild.org.

Resources for young people

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