Our Story

The Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC is made up of representatives from each AHSUNC site in BC and was born in the spring of 1998, evolving in December 2001 to an incorporated non-profit society.


AHSABC is the only federally funded Provincial AHSUNC Support Project in Canada. 


Today, our AHSABC membership consists of Program Coordinators as well as elected Parent and Elder Representatives from each AHSUNC site in BC. The Coordinators make up the Board of Directors (listed below), along with our Provincial Parent Advisor and two Provincial Elder Advisors.


In BC, our AHS Village includes 12 AHSUNC (AHS Urban and Northern Communities) Preschools and 11 AHS Child Care Programs through the Growing AHS Provincial Initiative.

Our AHSABC Team includes: Executive Director, Communications Coordinator,  Administrative Coordinator, Provincial Program Manager, Provincial Program Advisor and Training Coordinator and National AHS Council and Projects Coordinator.


We also work closely with several valued contractors in our community.




AHSABC has hosted many trainings, celebrations and national events. A notable occasion was our 20th Anniversary Celebration of AHSUNC in Vancouver where we hosted a gathering for three days in July 2015.  Past AHS graduates from across the country, along with staff, Elders, families and guests, shared feasts, entertainment and conversations about the impact of AHS in their lives. Read our Reflections Paper written by Monique Gray Smith about what she witnessed and learned from the 20th Anniversary Celebration. 


For further reading on our research into the AHS Graduates who attended, here is an Analysis from the UBC Faculty of Education. 


2010 marked the 15th Anniversary of AHSUNC programs in Canada. AHSABC compiled a Narrative Report called Valuing Aboriginal Head Start in BC: Celebrating 15 Years (1995-2010). To read stories from AHS community members across our province, download the PDF, here .


Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of AHS

written by Monique Gray Smith

Valuing AHS in ABC Narrative Report


AHSABC has become a National leader in creating curriculum resources reflecting the 6 Components of AHS. These books, posters and videos are used in AHSUNC and AHSOR programs across Canada. For more info, go to our Resources page.

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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