Services for Indigenous Peoples

Circle of Indigenous Nations Society

Programs rooted in Indigenous practices for cultural connection and holistic healing /learning

Métis Natioin BC

Culturally relevant, social, and economic programs, and services for Métis communities.

Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency

Advice, support, and technical assistance to Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous Peoples in Trades

Trades training and careers for Indigenous people in BC.

Okanagan Development Training Council

Employment-related training, programs, and services for Aboriginal individuals

Kootenay Kids - Aboriginal Early Intervention

Family gatherings, traditional parenting programs and home support for Aboriginal families in need

Selkirk College - Indigenous Services

Financial aid advice, community support, career counselling, and cultural activities for prospective and current Indigenous students.

Food Services

Food Bank

Accepts community-donated food and donates to those in need on Fridays between 10:00am and 12:00pm.

Meals on Wheels

Tasty and nutritious meals delivered to your home by volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 12pm – 1pm.

Frozen Meal Program

Home service for seniors and recently discharged patients who require balanced nutritional and special dietary options. Meals must be paid for at the time of ordering.

Firehall Soup Kitchen

Welcomes anyone who would like a warming (and free) bowl of soup. Vegetarian options always available. Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm.

Shelter Services

Safe Home Program

205 6th Avenue NW, Nakusp
T: 250-265-1843

Safe, confidential, and free temporary housing to women (and their children) fleeing from abuse or risk of abuse. The service is available 24/7.

Affordable Housing (Arrow Heights)

T: 250-265-3674

Affordable rentals for individuals, families, seniors or those with disabilities who are earning a low-to moderate-income.

Arrowtarian Rotary Villa

T: 250-265-2020
212 7 Ave NW, Nakusp

Low cost and affordable housing for independent residents 55 and over, of low and moderate income.

Services for Survivors of Violence/Abuse

RCMP Victim/Witness Service

Provides victims and witnesses of all types of crime with information, support, police and court updates, court accompaniment, and assistance with crime victim assistance application forms and referrals.

Stopping the Violence-Outreach & Counselling

Supports women who have experienced abuse in their relationships through advocacy, education, supportive counselling and active referrals. Free counselling for women experiencing current or historical trauma and abuse.

Men’s Outreach

Supports men who have experienced abuse or are themselves abusers in their relationships. It is also for any man 16+ who require help and advocacy, education, supportive counselling and active referrals.

Nakusp Mental Health & Substance abuse – Interior Health

Phone: 250-265-5253

Mental health and substance use services for all ages. Call for an intake.

Interior Crisis Line Network (24 hours)

T: 1-800-663-9122

Confidential, accessible, research-based, and empowering support by phone or chat.


T: 1-800-563-0808

Toll-free, confidential, multilingual services for victims of crime needing information or support. Available 24/7.



Call if you think a child or youth (under 19 years of age) is being abused


T: 1-866-437-1940

Call  7 days/week (8 AM – 8 PM) for a referral to legal
advocacy and other programs.

Services for Francophones

AFKO– Association des Francophones des Kootenays Ouest

Relie les Francophones et les Francophiles grâce a des activités socioculturelles, éducatives et communautaires.

Annuaire des services en français en BC

La façon simple de trouver un professionnel Francophone près de chez vous!

Fédération des Francophones de la BC

L’organisation mère des 40 Associations Francophones partout en BC.

Vivre en Colombie-Britannique

Programme d’immigration pour les Francophones en BC.


Connecter les Francophones aux professionnels de la santé en BC.


Développez vos compétences en Anglais grâce à ce programme d’Anglais Langue Seconde.



Services de soutien aux femmes Francophones victimes de violence en BC/Yukon.

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy

Support aux citoyens de tous âges à améliorer leurs compétences en littératie afin de s’engager dans leur apprentissage tout au long de leur vie.

Conseil Scolaire Francophone de BC

Conseil Scolaire pour toutes les écoles Francophones de la BC.

Nelson Public Library – Pronunciator

Une façon amusante d’apprendre l’une des 163 langues avec des cours, des films et de la musique personnalisés.

Services for Young Adults

Nakusp & Area Youth Society

Works with the community to develop the full potential of youth in a safe and inclusive environment. Programming offered Tues/Wed/Thurs: 3-9pm

Safe Kids and Youth (SKY)

Ensures children and youth who come forward about their experiences of abuse, violence or neglect receive the best possible response from services they connect with.

Child Youth Mental Health

Therapeutic response, assessment, counselling, referral and follow up services to children and youth under the age of 19 who may be experiencing difficulties.

Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)

Supports families with children from birth to six years old. Works with families to promote the health and well-being of young children and infants.

Peace Program

Province-wide initiative for children and youth, aged 3 to 18, who have witnessed and/or experienced abuse.

Foundry BC

Free and confidential support for young people ages 12-24 with mental health care and social services – both in person and online all across BC.

Kids Help Phone


Children and teens can speak to a counsellor day or night.

Suicide Prevention


Call anytime if anyone needs to talk about suicidal thoughts or ideas.

Youth in BC Distress Line

1-866-872-0113 (toll-free)

Speak with counsellors and trained volunteers who are committed to helping youth in crisis, 24 hours a day.

Find out more

Smart Launch is a free program for
Young Adults that offers
and job search support.

Find out more

Get paid to get trained!
Employment training for young adults
between the ages of 15 and 30.

Services for Seniors

Better at Home

Helps seniors with simple non-medical, day-to-day tasks so they can live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities.

Home Support

Assists clients with activities of daily living including: bathing, personal hygiene, hand and skin care, continence management, mobility and transfer assistance.

Adult Day Program

Offers social activities in a group setting and health services including a hot lunch meal for people living at home.

Services for LGBTQI2S+

Nakusp Options for Sexual Health Clinic

Confidential, nonjudgmental, youth-friendly, pro-choice, and sex-positive services for all ages, all genders, and all orientations.

Trans Connect

A transgender, intersex, and gender diverse support program through ANKORS


Queer, Trans, and Two-Spirit folks looking for a sense of community coming together to meet, guide, and support each other.


Support & Advocacy, Harm Reduction, Trans Connect, and Prevention & Education

Disability Services

BC Association for Community Living

Promotes the participation of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life

Canadian Society for Social Development

Employment and skills training to persons facing challenges to employment.

Community Futures - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Small business loans to people with disabilities who are interested in starting their own business.

Neil Squire Society

Computer assistive technologies, research and development, and employment programs for persons with physical disabilities

Disability Alliance BC

Supports people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community.

Nelson Friendship Outreach Clubhouse

Drop-in centre for activities and adult community support.

Entreprenurial/Self-Employment Services

Community Futures - Central Kootenay

Small business loans, business counseling and specialized services to start or grow a business.

Columbia Basin Trust

Grants and programs that support the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin.

Make a Change

Self-employment and technical skills training programs for persons with disabilities or with barriers to employment.

Upper Columbia Co-operative Council

Works locally with co-ops to strengthen and raise awareness of the region’s vibrant co-op sector.

Women’s Enterprise Centre

Non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own business.

Kootenay Association for Science & Technology

Non-ptofit tech association that leads local economic development through technology and innovation.