Aboriginal Head Start Program

1314 Main St. Swan River, MB | (204) 734-3257 | Fax: (204) 734-3090

Coordinator: Ruby Chartrand

Children for the Future has 20 spaces available for children 3-5 years old per year.

Two classes run from Monday – Thursday.

Staff is available Monday to Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm.

Registration for our 2017-2018 season is now open.

To register your child please pick up applications at our E.C.F.C Front Desk.


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In Aboriginal Head Start we believe…

•That children are a gift from the Creator.

•That our children have a right to live proudly as Aboriginal people in the lands of their ancestors.

•That children have a right to learn their respective Aboriginal language(s) and histories, and adults have a responsibility to pass on the instructions that the Creator gave in the beginning of time as are reflected in our languages, cultural beliefs and cultural practices.

•That each child is part of what makes a community whole.

•That it is essential for children to develop meaningful relationships with Elders, the carriers of knowledge and history.

•That children, under the guidance of Elders, will learn to love learning throughout their life.

•That adults are community role models who are to teach children how to live a good life.

•That children deserve opportunities to gain knowledge and experience of how to live a good life.

•That children acquire knowledge by watching, listening and doing, and adults are responsible for encouraging and guiding them in all those activities.

•That children, through being loved, valued and encouraged, will gain the courage, the strength and the wisdom to use the power of a good mind and spirit in all that they do.

•That children have a right to enjoy the opportunities that education offers.

•That children have a right to live in healthy, self-determining communities that are free of violence.

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Program Components

Culture and Language:

The purpose of the Culture and Language component is to provide children with a positive sense of themselves as Aboriginal children and to build on the children’s knowledge of their Aboriginal languages and experience of culture in their communities. More specifically, Projects will enhance the process of cultural and language revival and retention, with the ultimate goal that, where possible, children will aspire to learn their respective languages and participate in their communities’ cultures after AHS.


The purpose of the Education Component is to support and encourage each Aboriginal child to enjoy life-long learning. More specifically, the Projects will encourage each child to take initiative in learning and provide each child with enjoyable opportunities to learn. This will be done in a manner which is appropriate to both the age and stage of development of the child. The ultimate goal is to engage children in the possibility of learning so that they carry forth the enthusiasm, self-esteem and initiative to learn in the future.

Health Promotion:

The purpose of the Health Promotion Component is to empower parents, guardians, caregivers and those involved with AHS to increase control over and improve their health. More specifically, the Project will encourage practices for self care, working together to address health concerns, and the creation of formal and informal social support networks. The ultimate goal is for those involved with AHS to take actions that contribute to holistic health.


The purpose of the Nutrition Component is to ensure that children are provided with food which will help meet their nutritional needs, and to educate staff and parents about the relationship of nutrition to children’s ability to learn, physical development and mental development. Mealtimes provide opportunities for sharing, teaching and socializing. The ultimate goal is to empower children and parents to develop or enhance nutritional eating habits that will be maintained following the children’s AHS experience.

Social Support:

The purpose of the Social Support Component is to ensure that the families are made aware of resources and community services available to impact their quality of life. The Project will assist the families to access resources and community services. This may mean that the Project will work in cooperation with the service providers. The ultimate goal of this component is to empower parents to access assistance and services which will support them to be active participants in their children’s lives and AHS.  

Parental and Family Involvement:

The purpose of the Parental and Family Involvement Component is to support the parents’ and family’s role as children’s primary teachers. The parents and family will be acknowledged as contributors to the program through involvement with a parent body or participation in and/or contribution to classroom activities. This component provides the opportunity to empower parents to bring forth gifts and further develop as role models for children and in their communities. The ultimate goal is for parents and caregivers to complete the program being more confident, and assertive and having a deeper understanding of their children than when they began the program.

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