Safe House - Dzee Ba'yugh (Heart House)

Carrier Sekani Family Services Mission Statement

With the guidance of our Elders, CSFS is committed to the healing and empowerment of Aboriginal families by taking direct responsibility for health, social and legal services for First Nation people residing in Carrier and Sekani territory.


Dzee Ba'yugh (meaning Heart House) safe house program offers a safe place for women and their children fleeing family violence and will include trauma-informed therapeutic life skills programming delivered by qualified staff. Culturally appropriate services will range from in-house clinical therapy and group therapy to access to and facilitation of safe community resources. Dzee Ba’yugh has 6 bedrooms and a total of 22 beds to support up to 6 women and their children.

Our Clients

Our services are available to all women and their children fleeing family violence (based on the availability of beds and space). Priority for beds will be given to women with children from the 11 CSFS member nations. The program will include advocacy and support in accessing other services if no beds are available at Dzee Ba’yugh.

Our Services

· Provide emergency shelter and transition house services for women and their children escaping family violence for a term of up to 18 months
· Supportive, culturally appropriate programs and services
· Adult beds, bunk beds, and cribs (6 rooms - 22 beds)
· Continued connection or reconnection with home Nation, including immediate family, extended family, clan, etc.
· Participation in cultural activities, ceremonies, and gatherings
· Utilize clan support roles as per protocols
· Individual and group programming to encourage self-esteem, daily living skills, problem-solving, communication, budgeting, health and safety, nutrition, education, employment, and training.
· Wrap-around support services and coordination of appointments for health, counseling, recreation, education, family and community visits and appointments identified by the youth worker and/or social worker as necessary.
· Cultural knowledge holders to share teachings on traditional gender roles, values, Bah’lats and clan system, nation history, effects of colonization, interconnected thinking, holistic wellness from a Carrier perspective (including life cycle model)
· Cultural activities: dancing, drum making, singing, storytelling, language, hide preparation, beading and crafts, ceremony, etc.
· Traditional healing methods
· Cultural gender roles
· Nation specific values and ethics
· Culturally relevant conflict resolution
· Dealing with anger/self-soothing
· Self-awareness
· Empathy
· History and effects of trauma
· Healing shame/self-esteem
· Communication
· Trust
· Boundaries
· Celebrating success
· Building and using support networks for success

Contact Information

Telephone: (778) 924-0004 

Email: dzeeba’

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