In 1993, due to the amount of suicide attempts among Indigenous youth, various Nuu-chah-nulth members held a community meeting with front line emergency response, counsellors, and the general public. The consensus was to establish a 24-hour crisis line. KUU-US means “people” in Nuu-chah-nulth. Although, the meaning of KUU-US is much deeper than that. The KUU-US Crisis Line Society was established on August 16, 1993. KUU-US Crisis Line Society is an accredited crisis line recognized by the American Association of Suicidology since 2004 (https://suicidology.org).

24-Hour Crisis Line for Adults, Elders & Youth

The KUU-US Crisis Line Society operates a 24-hour Indigenous BC Wide Crisis Line for:

  • Adults/Elders (250-723-4050)

  • Child/Youth (250-723-2040)

  • Toll free (1-800-588-8717)

  • Métis Line (1-833-MétisBC)

Some KUU-US services are:

  • 24-hour crisis and support phone services

  • Suicide risk assessments and safety monitoring

  • 24-hour crisis mobile outreach (Funded by BC Gaming Policy & Enforcement Branch)

  • A.H.O.P.E and HOMEFULLNESS Programs

  • Weekend indoor and mobile outreach

  • Transitional housing program and suites

  • West Coast supportive sousing

  • West Coast "We Care" mobile outreach

  • Free store

  • Food hampers weekly

  • Drop In Services (Not available during COVID)

  • Fresh Start Program

  • New Beginnings Program

  • Community Voicemail Program

  • COVID-19 safety supply distribution


Pictured above: Rhonda Ursel (Housing Coordinator)