Metis Calgary Family Services Society

Métis Calgary Family Services provides human services to persons requiring an Aboriginal specific  delivery, regardless of status.

Métis Calgary Family Services promotes the principle that the Aboriginal community has a right to assume responsibility and ensure culturally appropriate services are being delivered that respects the individual and unique needs of the Urban Aboriginal family, culturally, socially, and spiritually. MCFS programming is designed to empower individuals, families, and the urban aboriginal community to meet the needs of their children. Parents and Children needs are met through a comprehensive, diverse approach to wholistic practices that embrace traditional methods of sharing and caring.

A family focused approach is promoted over working solely with an individual because it strengthens the family, increasing the likelihood that the children will be able to remain safely at home or be returned to their parents (Family Preservation). By supporting families, the parent’s ability to meet the needs of their children while coping with multiple issues will be enhanced.

Assisting families to establish a support system with their peers and with services in their community enable them to cope better with the inevitable stresses of life and decreases their reliance on formal professional services.

Many urban Aboriginal parents and their children have lost touch with traditional Native values. Traditional Native programming approaches recognize the flexibility required in services by families in whatever services they seek. Customary and Contemporary service providers are teamed together to provide the best wholistic approach to a balanced service delivery. MCFS programming demonstrates and teaches these methods, along with culturally based activities and ceremonies. Staffing by Native people ensures that parents and children alike are exposed to positive results, and services are being provided with a maximum comfort level. Elders assist to provide traditional methods and ways. They also add a third generation dimension to the programs for those who have been cut off from their extended families and are impacted by this gap. MCFS recognizes the important role that the customary service provider brings to a program.


Métis Calgary Family Services Society’s goal is for our healthy families to flourish in society. Metis Calgary Family Services believes that the community has the best capabilities to determine the needs of their families and children. Our mission for this is activated “through the eyes of a child”. This perspective with "Ke Mama Nnanik" philosophy provides the necessary path for ensuring service models are relevant.

In order to attain the highest standards of service delivery for all persons served, MCFS commits to review and modify if
necessary, programs and agency service plans on a regular basis.


In a commitment to building a community & programs where children and families are welcomed, supported and valued, MCFS recognize the diversity in the Aboriginal community in Calgary and mainstream communities. Respect, trust, compassion and honesty are the value cornerstones of our services. These are integrated into our governance model and a reflection of our community.

We would like to thank the following supporters and partners whom without their support, we would not achieve the success's we have. (in no particular order)


Calgary Board of Education

United Way of Calgary

Untied Way Donors Choice

Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada

Service Canada

Health Canada

City of Calgary Family and Community Supports

Government of Alberta Human Services

Calgary and Area Childrens Services Authority

Metis Nation of Alberta

Kidz up Front

Calgary Homeless Foundation

Calgary Stampeders

Ruperts Land Metis Employment

Calgary Food Bank

Community Kitchens

Atco Gas ltd.

Our Lady Queen of Peace

Calgary Zoo

Telus Spark Science Center

Childrens Cottage - Brenda's House

Stoney Child and Family Services

The "Alex" Mobile Health Services

Italian Bakery

Inn from the Cold

Calgary Co op

City of Calgary Parks and Recreation

Cenovous Employee Foundation

Dreams Take Flight

Devon Energy

Jayman Homes


A. Martyn

And those Anonymous donors....

All the families who so graciously allowed us to into their lives...may they continue to be blessed by the Creator.

Delivering the following programs

In Home Family Support

Aboriginal Parent Link Center

Native Network Family Resource Center

Medicine Wheel Early Learning Center preschool and Kindergarten

Rainbow Lodge Permanent Supported Housing

Aboriginal Students Program

Indian Residential School Survivor initiative

HOAP homes

Little Sundance Childcare Center

Little Turtle Early Learning Center

Little Thunderbird After School Program

Little Dancing Buffalo Native Awareness and teaching program

Triple P and Positive Indian Parenting Programs

Tiny Bundles

Ke Mama Nnanik Family imitative

Community Voice Mail initiative

Elder Youth initiative - Cultural connections for Aboriginal Youth