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WSANEC School Board

Provides educational support for K-12 students attending district Private or band operated schools.  SELEEMW Daycare infant/toddler and 3 to 5 years.

Tseycum First Nation HeadStart Program

Tseycum HeadStart Program is a program that supports activities focused on early childhood learning and development for First Nations children from birth to age six and their families. This includes pre and post natal support, cultural development programs, parenting and education programs and workshops, infant and toddler development programs, health screening, monitoring and referrals, fitness and nutrition, exercise, yoga for kids, Afterschool and Breakfast programs and literacy support.

Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and Slaheena Prenatal Support Program

Early Childhood Development staff provides family support in such areas as parenting and life skills. We also support parents and families going through family reunification. The program is open to all Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) families, and runs Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 1 pm (lunch is served at 12 pm daily). Activities may include regalia making, fitness, playgroups, health talks, crafts, and parent support groups.

First Nations Health Authority

When it comes to maternal, child and family health, FNHA’s approach is health and wellness now and into the future for the whole family.  This family-focused approach supports important areas like: Healthy relationships, Sexual health, Family planning, Healthy pregnancies, Optimal birth experiences, Parent and guardian health, Early childhood development, Child safety.

Aboriginal Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)

The CCRR program staff work in partnership with Aboriginal families and communities on reserve and in urban settings throughout British Columbia. Our goal is to increase the availability and accessibility of high quality child care resources and services that support the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and families. We strive to be adaptable, responsive, inclusive and culturally relevant.

Journeys of the Heart

The Journeys of the Heart (JOH) program is a ten-month cultural learning program for Indigenous children age 2 to 5 years old and their families caregivers. The JOH program nurtures a child’s cultural identity while preparing them for the education system. The JOH program also will provide children and their caregivers with skills and tools to promote transition into the public-school system.

Aboriginal Supported Child Development

Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) is a provincial program, funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that is designed to specifically meet the needs of Aboriginal children with special needs. ASCD recognizes that inclusion and providing early intervention and support in child care settings during the early stages of development is important. ASCD enables children who require extra support to be included in a childcare, preschool or after-school setting when their parents or caregivers are working or going to school. The Aboriginal Infant Development and Aboriginal Supported Child Development Provincial Office is located at: 551 Chatham Street, Victoria BC

Jordan’s Principle

Jordan's Principle is about ensuring First Nations children receive the services they need when they need them. It is available to all First Nations children in Canada. It applies to all public services, including services that are beyond the normative standard of care to ensure substantive equal​ity.​ It provides payment for needed services by the government or department that first receives the request.
​The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is responsible for administering Jordan’s Principle resources in British Columbia. This approach however does not limit or relieve the federal government of its fiduciary responsibilities to First Nations in BC. ​Jordan's Principle applies in BC. This arrangement does not hinder its definition or implementation.

Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program

The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) are proud to jointly offer funding to cover the costs of a birth doula and postpartum doula for pregnant Aboriginal mothers and families living in BC (both on and off reserve). This partnership aims to bring birth closer to home and back into the hands of women. Grants provide up to a maximum of $1000 to cover doula services for each woman's birth and postpartum needs. Speaking with your doula will help you best use a grant, based on your needs during pregnancy and at home following delivery. Payment is made directly to a doula after pre-approval and after BCAAFC has received an invoice for the doula care provided.

Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI)

A First Nations Health Authority program offered to some bands. COHI services are provided by a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and a COHI Aide employed by the band. Services are similar to those offered through the Smiles First Program. COHI services are provided in 76 on-reserve communities in BC.

Scian’new Community Day

Each Thursday, the community gathers together to enjoy making lunch together, followed by a walk / hike and ending with traditional craft making. Located at the Longhouse within the Scian'new Community (Beecher Bay First Nation).

Pacheedaht Parents’ Support Group

Dinner is provided to all families who attend and child minding/early years support is available so the parents can take part in the educational group that is offered after dinner. Located at the Pacheedah Nation Health Building in Port Renfrew.

Pacheedaht Family Day Program

Pacheedaht Family Day is delivered by Sooke Family Resource Society along with volunteers from the community, Pacheedaht band staff, and service providers from MCFD, VIHA, and South Island Wellness Society.  This program provides a healthy lunch each Tuesday, with the exception of vacation breaks. A volunteer committee, made up of Pacheedaht Nation members, continues its involvement in formal and informal planning sessions and in program participation and support. Takes places at teh Pacheedaht Nation Health Building,

Aboriginal Child & Youth Mental Health

Supports the well-being of Aboriginal children, youth, and families, especially those who are vulnerable, through child and youth mental health services. Other services coordinated through central provincial offices include intake and screening; helplines and after-hours support; resources and referral; funding and benefits programs; and specialized treatment for disabilities, mental health issues, and substance use. Serves Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria, and View Royal. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Located at 2nd Floor-1195 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC V9A 3N6

Songhees Early Years Programs

Songhees Daycare offers full daycare services from 8 am to 5pm. Songhees Preschool offers a safe and supportive environment for children to begin their educational journey. The curriculum in the preschool is designed to prepare the children for entry into public school as well as grounding them with community and family support for their education. Located at 1100 Admirals Rd, Victoria

Songhees Wellness Centre

The Wellness Centre offers wellness programs that include primary health clinics, pre and post natal care, vaccination clinics, injury prevention training, chronic disease prevention and management, oral health, and facilitated fitness and recreation programs. Facilities include: Computer Lab, Elders Centre, Fitness Studio, Washrooms, Showers.

Surrounded by Cedar

Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services will provide child and family services rooted in cultural values and beliefs to restore and enhance the strength and resiliency in the urban Aboriginal community. This includes counselling, elders in residence, youth support services, cultural programming. They are located at #211 - 1497 Admirals Rd. Victoria BC V9A 2P8

Métis Nation British Columbia

Métis people acknowledge that our children are sacred gifts from our ancestors. They become our knowledge-keepers and carry our culture, language, and heritage forward for future generations. At Métis Nation British Columbia, this understanding informs our commitment to place our children at the center of all that we do. We strive to honour the traditional concept Takaki Awasisiwin, which means a good childhood for the future of our people.

ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School

The ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School's mission is to work in a life-long partnership with the Saanich People to assure the continuing use of the SENĆOŦEN Language and the maintenance of the cultural identity of our Nation while giving students the knowledge, skills and attitudes as citizens to enable them to successfully meet the social economic and political challenges of life.

Aboriginal Infant Development Program

The Office of the Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Infant Development Programs (AIDP) gives support and educational information to AIDP workers throughout the province in regards to aboriginal infant development programs. Programs offer support to families of infants who are at risk for or have been diagnosed with developmental delays. Programs are voluntary, family centered, and primarily focused on children ages 0-3 (in some communities 0 – 6). Consultants support families by providing home visits, activity planning, and developmental and family needs assessments in culturally sensitive and meaningful ways. Consultants also assist families in accessing other health, social, and community services. Located at 551 Chatham St, Victoria.

The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability (BCANDS)

The BCANDS is an award winning, provincial, Indigenous not for profit, charitable Society serving the unique and diverse disability and health resource / support service needs of the Indigenous population of BC. BCANDS provides a vast array of services to eligible individuals, families and organizations, both within Indigenous communities and within BC’s urban and rural centres. If you are an Indigenous person living with a disability, residing in BC, or an on-reserve organization requiring health information / resources and support services, BCANDS may be able to assist. Offices located at #6 – 1610 Island Highway, Victoria.

Aboriginal Health Nurses

To support culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal patients, Island Health is pleased to connect you with an Aboriginal Health Liaison Nurse. Patients, family and friends can request a referral to the Aboriginal Liaison Nurse before or during a hospital stay. Some ways Aboriginal Liaison Nurses help are by supporting patients and families while in hospital and explaining health care information, and work with hospital staff, patients, family and community to support clear communication and discharge planning.

SȽEȽEMW̱ Child Development Centre

The SLELEMW Child Development Center’s name is in SENCOTEN and when translated means “Little Rain”. Our vision for the SLELEMW Child Development Centre is to provide a warm, safe and nurturing environment for all children in each area of a development (physical, intellectual, language, emotional and spiritual), while maintaining the SENCOTEN language, culture and values.

South Island Wellness Centre

Offering Support to First Nation Families. South Island Wellness Society (SIWS) uses Traditional Decision Making processes to facilitate community-based collaborative planning for Aboriginal families that require support to address concerns about the care of their children. Located at Tsawout First Nation: 7725B Tetayut Rd., Saanichton

NIȽ TU,O Child and Family Services

We provide child and family services to Beecher Bay, Pauquachin, Songhees, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum, and T’Sou-ke.  Our social workers are qualified professionals and are able to assist with developing residential resources and provide guardianship services to our children in care.  Family Support Workers provide many prevention supports and programs to children and families.  Please call if you have a question about services or intake. Located at

Aboriginal Early Years

This website is a result of the Aboriginal Community's desire to have an ECE website dedicated to programs and services that service Aboriginal children and their families. It is an initiative of the Success By 6 Aboriginal Engagement Strategy, South Vancouver Island

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

We strive to support the healthy growth and development of Aboriginal children, youth, and families. The Aboriginal Early Intervention Services Team includes the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP), the FASD Key Worker, and the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program (ASCDP). The Aboriginal Early Intervention Team provides support to families living on or off reserve in the South Vancouver Island Region, which includes the 9 local First Nations (Tseycum First Nation, Tsawout First Nation, Tsartlip First Nation, Pauquachin First Nation, Beecher Bay First Nation, T’sou-ke First Nation, Pacheedaht First Nation, Songhees First Nation, and Esquimalt First Nation) Métis, and Urban Aboriginal community. VNFC is located at 231 Regina Ave. Victoria

Island Métis Family & Community Services

IMFCSS offers a community room & playground, computer lab, teaching garden, counselling room, & access to the centre’s community kitchen. Located at 345 Wale Road.

Hulitan Family and Community Services Society

The purpose of Hulitan Family and Community Services Society is to provide social and emotional support to Aboriginal children, Aboriginal youth and Aboriginal families living in the Capital Regional District while ensuring families and youth have access to culturally appropriate programs and services regardless of financial ability. Located at 902-A Caledonia Avenue, Victoria, BC.

Aboriginal Prenatal Group

This group's focus is to support pregnant mothers to have the healthiest babies possible. A Public Health Nurse teaches prenatal classes and a dietitian provides nutritional information. Hosted by the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, located at 231 Regina Ave. Victoria 

Aboriginal Parent Support Group

This is a drop-in support group for all parents with young children (up to the age of 6). A Public Health Nurse is available to answer any questions or parenting concerns. A female Elder is available for guidance and support. Cultural activities are provided and include crafts and beading activities. Dietitian available. You will have the opportunity to: Enjoy social time for both you and your baby, Enjoy a cup of tea with lunch and relax in a safe and comfortable environment. Located at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, 231 Regina Ave. Victoria

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