Family Support

This program provides prevention, intervention and aftercare and follow-up services.  Prevention strategies conducted by the program provide culturally appropriate programs to educate and create awareness about addictions and addiction free lifestyles.  Intervention strategies provide assessments and referrals to treatment centres and programs, which may include short-term counseling in crisis situations.  After care and follow-up services provide support services from the Family Support Worker, Social Worker and team when the client returns home and to the community.  The main objectives include:

Support the community to reduce the incidence of alcohol and other substance abuse;

  • Educate and increase awareness of alcohol, substance abuse and alternative lifestyles, which incorporate wellness, cultural values and traditional beliefs; and
  • Strengthen relationships with partners (other community based programs, services and treatment centers).
  • Advocacy for children and families
  • Supports High Risk Families

For More Information Contact:

Sheilah Marsden, Family Support Worker

Phone: 250.499.2265 ext 108


This program links with MCFD, RCMP, Interior Health Mental Health, ONYRT- Səxʷkənxit əlx, Okanagan Nation Transition House, and other nation band staff such as social workers, council and youth workers.



Sheilah Marsden

Phone: 250-499-2265 Ext. 108


Other Community Services

  • Alcoholics AnonymousT: 250. 499 0222
  • Children & Teen Lines T: 250. 310 1234
  • Children Who Witness Abuse CounsellingT: 250. 499 2352
  • Crisis LinT: 250. 493 6622 (call collect)
  • Grief & Loss after Death GroupT: 250. 499 3020 (IHA Social Work)
  • Narcotics AnonymousT: 250. 499 8804
  • Okanagan Nation Transition Emergency HouseT: 250. 493 4902
  • Stop the Violence Women’s Counselling T: 250. 499 3018
  • Transition HouseT: 250. 498 5000
  • Princeton Hospital T: 250. 493 7233
  • MCFD Aboriginal Unit T: 250. 492 1261
  • Interior Crisis Line 1 888 353-CARE (2273)