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School District #8 

Selkirk College Aboriginal Services 

College of the Rockies

Aboriginal Resources and Education Partners:

Ktunaxa Nation

Yaqan Nukiy

Colville Confederated Tribes

Okanagan Nation Alliance

Shuswap Nation Tribal Council

West Kootenay Metis Society

Metis Nation BC

First Nations Education Steering Committee

First Nations Health Council

Talking Little Feet – Aboriginal Early Years (Including a community events calendar)

Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency 

Circle of Indigenous Nations Society 


Mental Health Counselling Benefits

  • The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program’s Mental Health Counselling (MHC) benefit is intended to provide coverage for mental health counselling to address crisis situations when no other mental health services are available and/or being provided. This benefit is intended to support the provision of immediate psychological and emotional care to individuals in significant distress to stabilize their condition, minimize potential trauma from an acute life event, and, as appropriate, transition them to other mental health supports.
  • The MHC benefit provides up to a maximum of 15 one-hour sessions per mental health crisis over a 20 week period.Eligible billable services under the MHC benefit may include:
    • Initial assessment (maximum of 2 one hour sessions) performed by an enrolled provider; and
    • Counselling sessions on a fee-for-service basis as per Prior Approval Form (e.g. individual, family, or group counselling).

First Nations Health Authority  - Mental Health Benefit

  • You may be eligible for counselling services from a qualified mental health provider. Mental health providers include psychologists, clinical counsellors and social workers. Your plan will cover as many hours of counselling as you and your provider determine you need. Please see the website for complete details.

Big Worries, Strong Spirit

  • A free telephone coaching program supporting First Nations, Metis and Inuit families across BC whose children age 3-12 are struggling with the experience of Big Worries/Fears, which is also known as anxiety.