The Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child and Family Services program was established in 1992 after all five Bands of the Ktunaxa Nation Council decided to conduct pre-planning work on the transfer of family support and child protection services mandate from the then Ministry of Social Services.

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The pre-planning work was completed in July of 1993 and the Planning phase begun in August of that year with funding through Indian Affairs Firs Nations Child and Family Services program.

In December of 1996 the Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child and Family Services Society was established with the support of the five communities. The Family Violence Prevention Program merged with KKCFSS in 1997

In 1999 Negotiations were completed with the Province of British Columbia Ministry for Children and Families and Indian and Northern Affairs for a “Delegation Enabling Agreement” which will allow the KKCFSS to phase in the Family Support and Child Protection Services over a four year period.

In 2002, a protocol was entered into between the Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child and Family Services and the Kootenay Region Metis Association to provide services to all Aboriginal children and families on and off reserve.

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Mission Statement
The Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child & Family Services Society is committed to working collaboratively with Aboriginal families and communities of the Ktunaxa Traditional Territory to increase their ability to fulfill their responsibilities for caring for their children in a culturally relevant manner.

Vision Statement
People working together to build stronger and empowered families and healthy communities.

Belief Statement

Communities know what is best for their children. Children are the future of their Nations. Children have a right to a safe, secure, and culturally appropriate family and community experience. Families have a right to a relevant and efficient family support services.

Aim Statement
To establish and develop culturally relevant resources to meet the needs of children and families. To provide services to children and families in an accountable, open, fair, and efficient manner.


The three offices of the Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child and Family Services Society office are located on the St. Mary’s Reserve near Cranbrook, BC in the old Aqam Care home building; at the Lower Kootenay Band in Creston, BC; and the ?akisqnuk First Nation in Windermere, BC.

Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child and Family Services
7472 Mission Road
Cranbrook, BC V1C 7E5
Telephone: (250) 489-4563 Fax: (250) 489-4585

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