supportive family access program

Baby Hand


Fraser River Indigenous Society is an innovative multi- service agency working at all levels to provide permanency to Indigenous Children and Youth for the purposes of achieving reunification, physical permanency and relational permanency when reunification is not possible.

Fraser River Indigenous Society has established itself and this program as a relevant key service organization for Urban First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and individuals. Our program aims to enhance the capacity of Indigenous families in the Maple Ridge/ Pitt Meadows area to care for their children in a self-determined way.

cultural safety

FRIS embraces Cultural Safety as a measure to provide Indigenous families with a safe, supported and culturally relevant space in which healthy attachment can be fostered.

Empowering Indigenous parents through role modeling, strengths-based feedback, and opportunity to demonstrate increased parenting capacity.

Procedures for Assessing Covid 19 Risk

FRIS staff have a phone Pre check in system for visits. The check in will include a questionnaire that will determine immediate health risks.  If the client or caregiver including the children, answers yes to any of the questions in the pre check in, then the visit will be rescheduled.  If the answers to the questionnaire shows no risk, then the procedures to visit will follow. 

FRIS will have in place procedures that will be handed out or verbalized to the families and posted before entering the room. 

Family ACCESS Workers

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Access Aide

Kris grew up in beautiful northern British Columbia. Her maternal side of the family from the Ts’msyen First Nation. Kris came to the lower mainland for school. She attended the Native Education Centre for Indigenous Justice Studies, and then went on to Douglas College where she got her Diploma in Criminology and Office Administration courses. Kris came to FRIS after working in the community services field for the last 3 and a half years in non-profit society. She looks forward to learning and doing more for our community and culture in any way possible. Kris grew up living near the ocean and enjoys getting walks near the ocean very much. White Rock beach is her favourite walk. Kris likes to think about life as the greatest journey you will ever be on and to stop and take time to enjoy every aspect of life you can.



Family Access Worker

Hands in the Soil


An Indigenous organization providing services and programs for our community to acknowledge our past, present, and future generations.

We recognize the traditional territories of the Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations.  We respectfully acknowledge the many nations who are represented by the urban Aboriginal population in the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver Areas.

our services

Access Services are by referral only from the Ministry of Children and Families.


Family Access Worker


Phone: 604-866-7443