The Native Courtworker & Counselling Association of British Columbia (NCCABC) has been helping Indigenous people and their families navigate the criminal justice system in British Columbia since 1973. During that history, the NCCABC has helped create relationships with many partners and stakeholders all throughout BC.
In 2013, The NCCABC entered into a 5-year commitment with Public Safety Canada to start a program called, Changing Direction in Support of Aboriginal Youth. This program was designed to support high risk Indigenous youth aged 12 to 18 that live in the Nanaimo and Williams Lake area implementing Care Teams and Wraparound.
The NCCABC has fulfilled its commitment to the contract with Public Safety Canada and has now been funded under, Jordan’s Principle through the First Nations Health Authority. Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle intended to resolve jurisdictional disputes within, and between, provincial/territorial and federal governments concerning payment for services to First Nations children when the service is available to all other children. Our collective partnership will provide the opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of Indigenous youth and their families.