social programs

on reserve income assistance program

The Income Assistance program provides funds to individuals and families  who are ordinarily residents on reserve, as a last resort where all other means of generating income to cover basic needs have been exhausted.

The Income Assistance program is meant to align with provincial income assistance programs.

The objective of the program is to ensure that eligible individuals and families residing on reserve receive funds to cover the basic expenses of daily living, special needs, as well as pre-employment services designed to help them transition to the workforce.


Funds support:

  • the basic and special needs of clients and their dependents on reserves

  • access to services to help clients transition to and remain in the workforce

Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society is responsible for providing prevention and protection services to support the safety and well-being of First Nation children and families on reserve. The delegated agency works collaboratively with families and communities to develop strategies in problem-solving, life skills, conflict resolution, and to develop or enhance parenting skills. FVACFSS facilitates and makes appropriate referrals to other services families may require.

Click on the following links to find out more information about Care Committees and how the committee provides guidance to  the aboriginal delegated agency;

children & family services

family violence prevention

Supports all community members, as well as funding for community-driven proposals for family violence prevention projects. The goal of the Family Violence Prevention Program is to improve the safety and security of our women, children and families. The child/children's best interest always help guide any decisions or recommendations; referrals to resources to help heal and keep the family together is always the first option. Shxw'owhamel has their very own professional to help with personal development; just one of the many resources to healing.  

assisted living

This program provides funding for non-medical, social support services to seniors, adults with chronic illness, and children and adults with disabilities (mental and physical) on reserve to help them maintain their independence. 

Any individual residing on-reserve, or ordinarily resident on-reserve, who has been formally assessed by a health care provider is eligible to receive services from this program. Individuals must not have the means to obtain such services themselves, or access to other sources of support from the federal or provincial governments.

community wellness team

This program is holistic in its approach to provide preventative measures, rather than intervention, and to share their knowledge of not only the ‘western’ concepts, but more importantly, share their knowledge of traditional philosophies of the Sto:lo people and how we can improve every aspect of our mental health, physical and spiritual wellness. The Community Wellness Team is about encouraging individuals and families to be and stay healthy. Healthy Lifestyles are kept by promoting our cultural traditions, some physical activity, healthy eating, positive relationships within families, and time on the land. Doug Llewellyn and Justin Kelly (Cantin) make up this dynamic team. They both have so much knowledge to share with the community;

Doug is here to help with your mental health and well-being, to offer personal development, to encourage to live as independently as possible in own home and as part of their community. To enable one to achieve their outcomes by taking responsibility in leading with specific aspects of their self improvement plan. To help them understand their rights and responsibilities as an individual and as part of their family or circle of support to take the lead with their own decision making. 

Justin Kelly is here to coordinate and support all aspects of cultural knowledge transfer and planning within the nation. He provides traditional teachings and ceremonies in a safe and acceptable environment and also coordinates access to Elders and Traditional people to meet the needs of the community, with children, youth and families as the primary audience. He will also work to promote cultural awareness, safety and competency within the community at large while promoting healing and reconciliation. 

Justin also provides help for the community to enjoy their leisure time as the recreation part of his job duties. Such activities may include arts and crafts, music, dance, dramatics, camping, sports, and games. Organized recreation such as his baseball team and volleyball team, provides the community with opportunities for friendly competition, exercise, and socializing. He promotes physical fitness and self-expression and creativity with everyone he works with in the community. 

S'ólh téméxw te íkw'elò. Xólhmet te mekw' stám it kwelát
This is our land. We have to take care of everything that belongs to us.