Samaya Jardey, MSW, RSW, , is of Snuneymuxw descent. For more than twenty years she worked directly with former students of Indian Residential School (IRS), and their families. Over that time, she developed partnerships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, front-line worker agencies, various church officials and government representatives. Moving forward, Samaya is committed to addressing the intergenerational effects of IRS. In her role as Program Manager for Through an Aboriginal Lens, an exciting partnership between the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia and The Asante Centre, Samaya guides the comprehensive support provided to Indigenous youth and their families referred to the Youth Justice FASD Program. Based on her grandmother’s teachings, her guidance and support are holistic in nature and rooted in an Indigenous worldview, values and teachings. Samaya sees this groundbreaking, pilot project as an important effort in the recovery of Indigenous people from systemic racism and the intergenerational effects of IRS.
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, Youth and Family Support Worker
Sean Russell, Youth and Family Support Worker
Sean is from the Mi’kmaq First Nations. He has 8 years background in working with Indigenous Youth and families through the Mission Friendship Centre Society as an Outreach Worker and Counselor specializing in addictions. He has facilitated individual and group based workshops on anger management and relationship building. He is honored to have the privilege to serve his people through compassion and respect once again in his new role with NCCABC and Asante.