About Us

(Kackaamin, meaning Butterfly or Transformation in the Nuu-chah-nulth, language is pronounced "cots common")

Our History

Kackaamin Family Development Centre is located in Port Alberni, BC on Vancouver Island. Our centre has been located in the beautiful Alberni Valley since 2009. Previously, our centre was known as Kakawis and we were located on Meares Island just off Tofino, BC. We were on the site of the old Christie Indian Residential School that closed in the early 1970s. At that time the Catholic Church, the Elders in the Nuu-chah-nulth communities, and some local business people gathered to decide what could be done with old site. The decision was made to start a Family Centre. In 1974 the first client families attended the centre. Kackaamin has evolved from a safe haven for troubled families into a therapeutic healing centre, changing the lives of many families who have been negatively impacted by colonialism and residential school experiences. Our new centre, located in Port Alberni, has seven duplexes and two stand alone furnished homes for client families to reside in while they attend our 42 day sessions. We are fully accredited through Accreditation Canada. Our Daycare and Toddler's Centre is fully licenced through Community Care Licensing and Island Health Authority. Our school (the Learning Centre) is K-12 and is based on learning through academics and trauma informed schools.


Our team of professional staff are committed to:


Healthy families are the foundation of healthy communities.

Our Funders

We are primarily funded by Island Health Authority (IHA), First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Ministry of Children and Family Development(MCFD), and School District #70 (SD#70). We are seeking funding for other projects which will be posted on our site as they become available.

Our Board of Directors

We are a non-profit society and we operate with a Board of Directors that consists of 9 Board Members from various areas of Vancouver Island, 3 Elders and one appointed position. Our Board of Directors meet on a regular basis and have several committees that operate within the Board.

General Info


Kackaamin has a house phone that all clients may use during specified times. Phones may be used after a two week “no-contact” period. We ask that clients bring calling cards for long distance communication. All cellphones and electronics will be turned in to KFDC upon arrival and returned to the family when they leave.


At Kackaamin parents are responsible for the care, behavior and supervision of their children at all times, older children are not babysitters. Our staff will assist in your lifeskills and parenting skills.


All buildings and entranceways are subject to the Provincial Smoking Bylaws. Please smoke outside and away from all doorways and windows of all buildings at designated smoking areas.

Medical Appointments

We strive to provide the highest quality of care at Kackaamin. If any kind of medical attention is required during the session, we provide transportation to and from medical appointments. All appointments are to be arranged with your counsellor as certain guidelines do apply.


Kackaamin has created a program that lays a solid foundation upon arrival and builds throughout the session. We encourage and require clients to participate in all sessions and activities. Our schedule has been developed that allows families to grow closer and to create lasting bonds that will continue to strengthen as they walk the Red Road. Our staff will instruct you about the timetable of daily events.

Wheelchair Accessibility

Kackaamin is a wheelchair accessible facility that has two family units that are allocated for our clients with accessibility needs.

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