Foundry Burns Lake
Recipient: Carrier Sekani Family Services
Areas: Burns Lake and Southside
Strategy: Community Infrastructure
Description: Foundry is a province-wide network of integrated health and wellness services for young people between the ages of 12 and 24. There are currently thirteen operating Foundry’s across BC, with six centres in development, including one in Burns Lake. In partnership with Carrier Sekani Family Services, Foundry Burns Lake will offer Foundry’s core services, and a drop-in centre operated by Carrier Sekani Youth Services. This will extend the age range to 29 years, and offer a variety of programming and social services to support young people in living a good life. While Carrier Sekani is an Indigenous host agency, Foundry is a centre for all youth Indigenous and non-indigenous, regardless of their background. Here, youth can access mental health care, substance use services, physical and sexual health care, youth and family peer supports, and social services all under one roof. In each community, Foundry looks different, but the purpose remains the same. As a service agency, Carrier Sekani Family Services blends Carrier knowledge with western practices to create effective models of care. The centre will be influenced by Carrier culture to create a comfortable, inviting, and culturally safe space for all youth and their families. Foundry’s are operated by host agencies throughout the province, these agencies are innovators in health and social services within their respective communities. The Foundry Brand is recognized as a leader in youth services in BC, providing a cornerstone for community agencies to work together in partnership rather than competing for scarce resources.