Through an Aboriginal Lens Program Staff

The Through an Aboriginal Lens Project is a partnership between The Asante Centre and the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia (NCCABC) to provide comprehensive support to Aboriginal youth and their families referred to the Youth Justice FASD Program.  Project staff are employees of NCCABC but are housed at the Asante Centre. 
 

Courtney Fraser, Family Preservation Support Worker

Courtney Fraser is the Family Preservation Support Worker for the new youth justice project, Through in Aboriginal Lens created in collaboration by the Native Courtworkers and Counselling Associating of British Columbia (NCCA) and the Asante Centre. Her role is to provide families and youth with supports both prior, during and after attendance to the Asante Centre for a FASD Assessments. Courtney ensures children stay with their families by providing wrap-around-service support when referrals for assessment are first sent to the Asante Centre. By looking at the needs and strengths of the youth, families and communities, Courtney creates individualized healing plans to prevent children from re-entering the justices system and to prevent them from entering the foster care system, either through voluntary care or child protection concerns. Courtney has a pro-active approach which not only means making sure the youth and families understand the assessment and are supported but, so do other service providers and communities. For children already in care when referred for assessment, she assist the youth in building a positive sense of identity and constructs healthy bridges between families as well as the youths’ First Nation communities and traditional values. 

Previous to her new role, Courtney has worked with NCCA for two years as a Native Courtworker in the Lower Fraser Valley supporting youth and families in the justice system and prior to that working as a Native Liaison with First Nation adults in federal corrections. Through her passion, wide range of experience and education (BA in Law and Human Rights) her goal is to make sure our vulnerable youth of today get the support they need so they do not end up in our adult justice system tomorrow.

 

Darla Rasmussen, Project Manager

Darla Rasmussen (Blackkettle) from Siksika Nation (Blackfoot Nation) joins the Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of British Columbia as the project manager for Through an Aboriginal Lens. She is motivated and humbled to support Indigenous youth through their FASD assessments. Darla enjoys encouraging and supporting youth going through transition to assist them to their next stepping stone.

Prior to joining this project Darla came with diverse job experience working with Indigenous youth and families. She uses her life story as motivation to speak to youth, groups and gatherings that advocate for important issues that impact persons of all kinds. Darla is a certified Life skills Coach and with the influence of her Indigenous roots she facilitates workshops to a variety of organizations, learning institutions and community events to provide an opportunity of sharing teachings, experiential learning, healing and fun!

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Sean Russell, Youth and Family Support Worker

Sean Russell from Mi’kmaq First Nation in Eel River New Brunswick joins The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia as a Youth and Family Support Worker for the youth justice project, Through an Aboriginal Lens. Sean has 8 years’ experience working with Indigenous Youth and families through the Friendship Centre Society as an Outreach Worker and Counselor specializing in addictions. He has facilitated different individual and group based workshops on anger management, addiction education, self-esteem, and relationship building. Sean has lived in the Mission community for over 15 years and continually strives to improve his community by advocating for programs for our Indigenous people. Sean hopes to move back to his home community in New Brunswick to continue helping those who are so often unseen by mainstream society. Sean is honored to have the privilege to continue working with Indigenous youth and families with compassion and respect.

Wela’lin (Thank you)