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Aboriginal Transition Team

Goals / Purpose of Program

The Transition Program provides intensive, non-judgmental, one-to-one support to Aboriginal youth between the ages of 16 - 18 who are involved with the Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD).  The program is goal-oriented and focusses on successfully transitioning youth from MCFD supports to living independently beyond the age of 19. 

The Transition Team works with each youth closely, assisting them to identify their individual needs and set positive goals for the future.  Transition Workers focus on each youth’s unique strengths and support them to obtain the housing, employment, education, training, or tools necessary to become fully capable of living on their own.

Program Activities

  • Non-judgmental individual support

  • Assistance and advocacy with MCFD processes
  • Support in reconnecting with family and/or community
  • Crisis intervention
 as needed
  • Life skills training and support with health and wellness
  • Referrals and information on culturally relevant programs for Native youth
  • Access to cultural teachings and Elders

How Youth Can Become Involved

Aboriginal youth between the ages of 16 – 18 who have an open file with MCFD may access this program.  Youth can contact us first, but they must then contact MCFD for a formal referral. 

In order to successfully work with the Transition Team, youth must be looking to make positive changes in their lives, and be willing to meet regularly with their Transition Worker.


Volunteer Opportunities

Due to the type of programming and concerns for youth safety, there are no volunteer opportunities for this program at this time.

Donations Needed

We would be very grateful to accept donations of the following items that can be given to youth in our program:

•    Bus Tickets
•    Food Vouchers/Gift Cards
•    Recreation Passes (movies, bowling, etc.)

Depending on the type, size and value of the donation, UNYA may be able to provide a tax receipt.  Please call the Program Manager at 604-254-7732 to discuss your possible donation.

Program Funders

BC Ministry of Children & Family Development

Aboriginal Transition Team Brochure (pdf)

How to contact us:

1618 East Hastings Street,Vancouver, BC, V5L 1S6
Phone: (604) 254-7732
Fax: (604) 254-7811

Email:  or


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1618 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 1S6 Call: (604) 254-7732 Email: