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AHS Principles & Guidelines: BC Edition

In this user-friendly, digital 2018 edition, AHSABC has updated and reformatted the original Aboriginal Head Start Principles and Guidelines document written in 1998 to make it more accessible to AHS programs. This edition is the basis of our Foundations of AHS Training and will help new staff and parents understand our founding principles as well as design, operation and evaluation standards.



Programme d’aide préscolaire aux Autochtones
Principes et lignes directrices


Restoring Our Spirit Poster

“Indian Residential Schools were designed to break the Indigenous People’s spirit. 

Aboriginal Head Start is designed to restore our spirit.”

A printable version is available for download. 



NAHSC Life Stages Poster

This poster was created by Graphic Designer, Stina Brown, for a National

Aboriginal Head Start Council (NAHSC) gathering at Vancouver BC, in May 2018. 

NAHSC is proud to share the image showing how AHS impacts the lifelong intergenerational well-being of Indigenous families. 

A printable version is available for download. 




Stepping Stones to School: AHS to Kindergarten Transition Toolkit

Here is an educational resource for all Early Childhood programs that include Aboriginal children.

Stepping Stones to School is a collection of tools and suggestions from AHS programs that help create a successful transition into school for Aboriginal children and their families.

The guide outlines 7 steps from building partnerships with schools to involving parents and families in the transition to kindergarten. Lots of sample activities and resources are included.





We Believe Posters 

Here is an illustrated collection of the 12 Beliefs and Values About Children, taken from the AHS Principles and Guidelines.


For a PRINT version, contact us and we will send you a high-resolution PDF.

We Believe Poster Templates

Here are the 8.5 x 11-inch templates of the above posters to illustrate yourself by adding your own photos to the PowerPoint document



Building a Pathway of Change

This workbook helps you propel your program visions into actions. The workbook explains, step by step, each of the elements which form along the pathway, demonstrating how to gather your program information in a systematic way while honouring the unique needs of your program. Its cyclical design shows how the six program elements connect and work together to produce change.



Elders’ roles and importance in AHS
The Gift of the Elders (Digital Video)

This video provides information to Elders and the Community on what to expect when becoming involved in Aboriginal Head Start. What does Volunteering in AHS look like? What are the benefits for Elders themselves? Learn from the Elders who know...


Gift of the Elders Brochure

This print-ready brochure accompanies The Gift of the Elders video by summarizing the ways that Elders are involved in AHS programs. These can be handed out as take-home reminders from Elder-recruiting sessions or used to provide information for Elders, volunteers and families at orientation.



AHS Village Poster

Here is a web version of our 12x17 inch AHS Village Poster.

For a PRINT version, contact us and we will send you a high-resolution PDF.


“It takes a village to raise a child. AHS is our Village!” 


Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia

Awahsuk AHS

14589 108th Avenue 
Surrey, BC V3R 1V6 

Comox Valley AHS

956 Grieve Ave 
Courtenay, BC V9N 5N5 

Eagles Nest AHS

618 East Hastings St. 
Vancouver, BC V6A 1R1 

Future 4 Nations AHS

34110 Lougheed Hwy 
Mission, BC V2V 4L1 

Kermode Friendship Society AHS

3313 Kalum St. 
Terrace, BC V8G 2N7 

Little Moccasins Learning Centre AHS

99 South 3rd Ave. 
Williams Lake, BC V2G 1J1 

Power of Friendship AHS

110 Anderson St. 
Prince George, BC,

V2M 4Z1 

Prince George AHS

1945-3rd Ave. 
Prince George, BC

V2L 1G6 

Prince Rupert AHS

2150 313 Prince Rupert Blvd
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 4E4 

Qwallayuw AHS

441-4th Ave. 
Campbell River, BC

V9W 3W7 

Sas Natsadle AHS

10328 - 101st Avenue 
Fort St. John, BC

V1J 2B5 

Singing Frog AHS

2150 McLean Drive 
Vancouver, BC

V5N 5X9 

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