6 Component Areas

HEALTH PROMOTION​

Aboriginal Head Start programs strive to empower all those involved with AHS to increase control over and improve their health and well being. In many centres, a variety of medical practitioners volunteer to visit in order to familiarize the children with health care. Some programs offer speech therapy, counselling and physiotherapy for special needs children.

“While my youngest son, Zachary, was a student at AHS, his speech and language progressed rapidly.” – Glenna Johnson: Family Involvement Worker and Former Parent, Kermode AHS

 

“We have had a big success story at Little Moccasins. For many years, we’ve taken our Head Start children to Interior Health for dental and hearing check-ups and the speech pathologist there also works with some of the kids. However, there has not been an optometrist available there for years.

 

I called the Cariboo Eye Clinic and spoke with Dr. Lam, the optometrist, explaining to her the importance of testing our children’s vision as part of their preschool screening. She offered to book a whole day at the Interior Health office to see our morning class for no charge. Dr. Lam was overwhelmed to see how many children out of 20 children had problems with their eyesight, so she booked another two days to test the rest of the children in the afternoon program.

 

Six out of the 40 children had severe vision problems. They are now wearing glasses and doing much better at school. Dr. Lam is still seeing several other children for follow-up appointments to monitor their vision difficulties too.” – Ana Rawlek: Family Involvement Worker, Little Moccasins Learning Centre AHS

 

The goal is for all AHS community members to take actions that contribute to holistic health; i.e., healing on the spiritual level, as well as physical, emotional and mental. Some storytellers share lessons about personal safety and getting along with others. Others teach about traditional healing rituals, such as ‘smudging’ and teachings about the ‘four sacred gifts’ (sage, sweet grass, cedar, and tobacco).

 

“We do… the Cree language being the main thing, our traditional foods, medicines, I teach them traditional medicines, our drum, jigging… as much as I know, I will teach them.” – Leona Neilson: Cultural Teacher, Power of Friendship AHS

 

“Smudging is to clean our minds and our bodies from all the negative stuff that’s going around us, and what we’re thinking. That’s what the smudge is for – cleansing for the day, to help us have a good day.” – Willie Alphonse: Elder, Little Moccasins Learning Centre AHS

Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia

Awahsuk AHS

14589 108th Avenue 
Surrey, BC V3R 1V6 
604-584-5527

Comox Valley AHS

956 Grieve Ave 
Courtenay, BC V9N 5N5 
250-334-2477

Eagles Nest AHS

618 East Hastings St. 
Vancouver, BC V6A 1R1 
 604-253-3354

Future 4 Nations AHS

34110 Lougheed Hwy 
Mission, BC V2V 4L1 
 604-820-4567

Kermode Friendship Society AHS

3313 Kalum St. 
Terrace, BC V8G 2N7 
250-635-4906

Little Moccasins Learning Centre AHS

99 South 3rd Ave. 
Williams Lake, BC V2G 1J1 
 250-398-6841

Power of Friendship AHS

110 Anderson St. 
Prince George, BC,

V2M 4Z1 
250-564-1840

Prince George AHS

1945-3rd Ave. 
Prince George, BC

V2L 1G6 
250-563-3884

Prince Rupert AHS

2150 313 Prince Rupert Blvd
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 4E4 
250-627-4010

Qwallayuw AHS

441-4th Ave. 
Campbell River, BC

V9W 3W7 
250-286-3044

Sas Natsadle AHS

10328 - 101st Avenue 
Fort St. John, BC

V1J 2B5 
 250-785-0887

Singing Frog AHS

2150 McLean Drive 
Vancouver, BC

V5N 5X9 
 604-253-5388

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