Metro Vancouver Indigenous Services Society - MVISS stands with our healthy, thriving, urban Indigenous community inherently connected to our ancestral visions, grounded in diverse cultural knowledge & practices living in harmonious balance to celebrate each other’s gifts.
KUU Crisis Line Society - A First Nations and Indigenous specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free from anywhere in British Columbia. KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-588-8717. Alternatively, individuals can call direct into the Youth Line at 250-723-2040 or the Adult Line at 250-723-4050.
FAST - The First Nation Action & Support Team (FAST) program is administered by Gitxsan Health Society to service the communities of Kispiox, Sik-e-dakh, Gitanmaax, Gitsegukla, Gitwangak, Gitanyow, Hagwilget, Moricetown, Kitsumkalum, Kitselas, and Gitxaala.
What you can expect from FAST:
Follow-up contact if you have been to the hospital with suicidal thoughts or actions
To provide support and/or assist with finding resources to ensure assistance for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one thru suicide
Referral services to community programs and services
Set up and Co-ordinate Grief & Loss community Workshop
Set up and facilitate Through the Pain community Workshops
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Helpline - If you're experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, contact the toll-free Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Experienced and culturally safe Help Line counsellors can help if you:
- want to talk
- are distressed
- have strong emotional reactions
- are triggered by painful memories
- The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Phone and chat counselling is available in English and French. On request, phone counselling is also available in:
Saa'ust Centre - The Saa’ust Centre offers services and supports to families and survivors of MMIWG. It is an LGBTQ2S safe space and respects an individual’s family of the heart. Supports include:
- Referrals to counselling services both on and off site
- Statement-taking for those already registered with the inquiry
- Ceremonies, drumming, and cultural activities from across Turtle Island
- Prayer space and access to Elders and Knowledge Keepers
- Silk screening, beading, and medicine pouch and button blanket making among other art programs