For information on The Oomiiqsu (Aboriginal Mother Centre), click here.


Check out details of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Social Services Project – Safe, Healthy, and Connected, Bringing our Citizens Home – in this short documentary: Safe, Healthy and Connected: Bringing Huu-ay-aht Children Home

Meet Huu-ay-aht’s Family Support Team

Shannon Zimmerman – Director of Child and Family Wellness
Email: click here |Phone: 778-419-1013 |cell: 250-720-5797

Christine Pearson – Lead/Protection and Family Support Liaison Worker
Email: click here | phone: 778-419-1013 | cell: 250-731-8378

Kerry-Ann Collinge – Protection and Family Support Liaison Worker
Email: click here| phone: 778-419-1013 | cell: 250-735-6955

Rena Johnson – Clinical Counselor (on leave)
Email: click here | phone: 778-419-1013 | cell: 250-735-4326

Becki Nookemis – Protection and Family Support Liaison Worker
Email: click here | phone: 778-419-1013

Tobias Rader – Protection and Family Support Liaison Worker
Email: click here | phone: 778-419-1013

Child and Family Wellness After-Hours Phone (250-731-6999)

Citizens, effective immediately, the Child and Family Wellness After-Hours Emergency phone will only be available for citizens who have had a call from Child Protection Services (i.e. MCFD/Usma or other Delegated Agencies) and are requiring support after hours.  Please call 250-731-6999 and leave a detailed message and a staff person will return your call as soon as possible.

For emotional or crisis support outside of regular office hours (Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm), please contact one of the following numbers:

Crisis Line Association of BC – 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-SUICIDE (24 hours)

Mental Health Support Line: Call 310-6789 (no area code)

This number will connect you to your local BC crisis line without a wait or busy signal, 24 hours a day. Crisis line workers are there to listen and support you as well as refer you to community resources

Vancouver Island Crisis Line – 1-250-753-2495 (This toll-free number works only within the province of British Columbia. Out-of-province callers needing to reach the Crisis Line are invited to dial our office number at 1-250-753-2495 (long distance fees apply) and select Option 2 to be transferred to the Vancouver Island Crisis Line)

For persons living outside of Vancouver Island or BC, please contact a Crisis Line in your area. 

Please note that the after-hours phone will not be answered for non-child protection call.

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

Hope, Health, and Healing guide
A planning toolkit for First Nations and Aboriginal Communities to prevent and respond to suicide

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In the News

CBC special – In Care and In Crisis: Canada’s Indigenous Child Welfare Emergency

Huu-ay-aht First Nations: Huu-ay-aht calls for action from political leaders on child care crisis

Click here for the Report of Huu-ay-aht’s Social Services Panel

Grand Chief Ed John’s report: Indigenous Resilience, Connectedness and Reunification – From Root Causes to Root Solutions