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Service providers combine forces to help mid-island Indigenous residents – Nanaimo News NOW

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 201831 Views

December 4, 2018

NANAIMO — A new agreement between Indigenous service providers in the Nanaimo area is breaking down artificial divides and making sure no families are left behind.

Tillicum Lelum, who run 75 programs for Indigenous families and youth, and Kw’umut Lelum, who work with housing providers and social services for families from nine mid-island bands, have partnered to enhance their existing programs and keep families together.

Traditionally, the two organizations worked separately towards the same goals. This now establishes them as S’Qa’shintul I’Tsi’tsuwatul, which means “those who are walking with and helping each other.”

Tillicum Lelum executive director Grace Elliott Nielsen told NanaimoNewsNOW the vast network of Kw’umut Lelum, from Qualicum to the Malahat, means service won’t be interrupted if those they help decide to move.

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