VNFC

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Contact VNFC

Website : www.vnfc.ca
231 Regina Avenue
Victoria, BC V8Z 1J6 (See Map)

Phone: 250.384.3211
Fax: 250.384.1586
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About Victoria Native Friendship Centre

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) has been in existence for 40 years.  VNFC provides services to an estimated 15,000 Aboriginal people living off reserve in the greater Victoria area; as well as the 5,000 residents from the First Nations communities in the southern Vancouver Island region, in addition to a sizeable Aboriginal population from across Canada. VNFC takes great pride in their exceptional approach to First Nation social issues.

 

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Little Paws Preschool & Group Care

VNFC's Little Paws Preschool & Group Care Invites You to Register Now - Spots Still Available!!

  • Children ages 3-5 (20 students per class)
  • 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - includes snack and lunch
  • 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM - includes snack
  • Culturally appropriate, child centered, fun and interactive program
  • Open to our entire Community (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal)
  • Registration required

Contact Little Paws

Website : www.vnfca.ca
Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Address: 231 Regina Avenue
Victoria B.C. , V8Z 1J6
Phone: 250-384-3211

Contact: Margot

The Aboriginal Early Intervention Services Team

We strive to support the healthy growth and development of Aboriginal children, youth, and families. The Aboriginal Early Intervention Services Team includes the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP), the FASD Key Worker, and the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program (ASCDP). The Aboriginal Early Intervention Team provides support to families living on or off reserve in the South Vancouver Island Region, which includes the 9 local First Nations (Tseycum First Nation, Tsawout First Nation, Tsartlip First Nation, Pauquachin First Nation, Beecher Bay First Nation, T’sou-ke First Nation, Pacheedaht First Nation, Songhees First Nation, and Esquimalt First Nation) Métis, and Urban Aboriginal community.

  • Children ages 3-5 (20 students per class)
  • 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - includes snack and lunch
  • 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM - includes snack
  • Culturally appropriate, child centered, fun and interactive program
  • Open to our entire Community (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal)
  • Registration required

Contact Early Intervention Services

Website : www.vnfca.ca
Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Address: 231 Regina Avenue
Victoria B.C. , V8Z 1J6
Phone: 250-384-3211
Fax: 250-384-1586

Contact: Coleen C. - Team Leader/Supervisor

The Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP)

The Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP) works with families in respectful ways to support families and their infants through their early developmental stages.

The South Vancouver Island Aboriginal Infant Development Program serves Aboriginal families from across the region who have children from birth to three years of age. In these early years children bond with others, they learn how to communicate and they learn how to explore their world. Contact the AIDP if you would like to know more about:

  • Parenting ideas
  • Your child’s development
  • Play and learning
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Support for a child with special needs
  • Community resources

FASD Key Worker

The FASD Key worker assists families of all ethnicities who have children 0 -19 years who have a diagnosis or there is possibility of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The Key worker supports families by providing:

  • Outreach – We come to you! We offer our service in your home or a place that is relevant and comfortable for your child
  • A non-judgemental person to talk to
  • Advocacy
  • Assistance working with schools and navigating other relevant systems
  • FASD Awareness and education for family members and others involved in the child’s life
  • Assistance interpreting assessment reports
  • Support to birth, adoptive, and foster parent support
  • Information on community resources, events, and publications
  • Peer Support Group for caregivers

Please contact the key worker for more 250 information (384-3211 ext.229)


Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program (ASCDP)

The South Vancouver Island Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program or ASCD provides culturally appropriate support services to children with special needs who are wanting to participate or are already participating in a community program.

ASCD provides extra support in a wide range of child care settings such as Head Start, preschool, daycare, afterschool care programs and in some cases the child’s home.

Extra support is provided for a child who needs help in the areas of communication, fine and gross motor, cognitive, and social/emotional/behavioural development. Supports include consultation, training, resources, and when needed, extra staffing support.

Who Can Participate?

All children who posses Aboriginal Ancestry, live on or off reserve in the South Vancouver Island Region and meet the following criteria:

  1. Children between 0—12 years of Age
    • The current mandate of the South Vancouver Island ASCD program provides support to children ages birth to 12 years of age. Our program does recognize the importance of early intervention and therefore special emphasis is placed upon those children aged 3-6 years.
  2. Evidence of a developmental delay
    • Children showing evidence of developmental delay(s) or is at risk of delay should be referred to the ASCD program. Evidence of developmental delay/disability in one or more of the following areas is required:
      • Physical – child who have mobility issues, is blind or visually impaired, has a neuro-motor or sensorimotor challenges or a special health care need
      • Cognitive – child who has an intellectual delay or disability
      • Communicative – child who is deaf or hard of hearing, or has significant language and speech challenges
      • Social/Emotional/Behavioural – child who has severe social, emotional, or behavioural challenges.

For more information on Early Years Programming please contact phone number above.

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