Plan for Kamloops, B.C.
In 2019, it estimated there are approximately 78,000 kids in care across the country, and about half will become Crown or permanent wards—meaning the province is the primary legal guardian.
With the recent news of the 215 children found at the Kamloops Residential School, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several of his cabinet ministers acknowledged that First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children are indeed still being taken from their families in disproportionately high numbers and placed in foster care. The Village would like to take measures that are aimed at preventing children from ending up in crisis situations in the first place
In British Columbia, there are over 8,900 children who do not live with their biological parents, and 65% of children in care are Indigenous. Still, only 10% of the general child population is Indigenous.
Today, COVID-19 and its consequences have created a remarkable climate of uncertainty that has rippled through all aspects of our society. In the past few months alone, several studies have shown the significant impacts already being felt across North America, though not all people are experiencing these effects equally. *There is growing evidence that COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting certain populations across North America, including:
Those experiencing insecure, inadequate, or nonexistent housing conditions;
Source* Government of Canada, "Vulnerable populations and COVID-19" https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseses-conditions/vulnerable-populations-covid-19.html
LINK Village Society's goal will be to build nine (9) homes and a community center in the city of Kamloops, British Columbia, in Canada. Our goal is to build sustainable and affordable housing, which will meet the housing needs of a larger community by providing better social conditions and minimizing the lifecycle environmental impacts while having a positive physical and psychological impact on its inhabitants.
LINK Village Society will provide support and services for families in need and caregivers living inside and outside the village through our community center, to benefit the town & community.
Every family is unique in its complexity and demands. Our team will offer personalised care designed around each family’s unique needs and goals. We want to deliver successful outcomes through tailored programs that support children and families.
We believe that a loving family-based atmosphere that keeps family together, a caregiver with trauma training, a secure home, and a community of professional support staff creates a circle of love, hope, and belonging for families in need. These families will be part of a broader community of parents and children, who will assist each other with everyday tasks.
LINK Village Society will provide holistic care for the children and caregivers through providing homes and a community center in the Village. Holistic care refers to providing care to beneficiaries based on a mutual understanding of their physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Also, holistic care emphasizes the partnership between a nurse, social worker, counsellors, doctors, pastors, elders, beneficiary, and the negotiation of healthcare needs that lead to healing and recovery.