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A place to belong: Metis agency creates housing for youth aging out of care – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on June 26, 202026 Views

Jun 25, 2020

Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services builds model based on Indigenous perspectives to improve outcomes for Indigenous youth.

Colleen Lucier says she believes that the greatest gift we can give young people is the gift of knowing who they are

A Métis woman based out of Kamloops B.C., she has been paving the way for a new model to improve outcomes of the child welfare system.

“I’ve been doing a lot of work in terms of reconciliation for many years in child welfare” says Lucier, who is the executive director at Lii Michif Optipemisiwak Family and Community Services (LMOFCS).

Lucier is behind a new housing development called Kikékyelc: A Place of Belonging.

Kikékyelc [pronounced Kee-kek-yel-c] is a Secwépemc word that means a bird that covers their little ones in a protective way.

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