6 Component Areas


Aboriginal Head Start programs provide the structure for a new ‘village’ for Aboriginal families in urban areas. The centres become a place where families can network and develop meaningful relationships.


AHS parents remark on how staff are very helpful and generous towards the families, as well as being a kindly source of information on resources and community services available to impact their quality of life. Friendships among staff, parents, Elders and students take root in this AHS community. The centre provides a home for those who are far from their families or are newcomers to the city. These friendships often last a lifetime.

“I like that the staff is helpful outside the school, they have clothing drives, they get donations… they help out with that.” – Tania Mitchell: Parent, Singing Frog AHS


“Supporting our families is most important. Especially, I see young single moms with 2, 3, 4 kids. We can give them a bit of a break and at the same time, it’s an honour and give us an opportunity to play with their children and socialize. It’s a lot of fun. Helping out families, that’s where I find a lot of pleasure.” – Yves L’Archeveque: Bus Driver/Maintenance & Former Parent, Qwallayuw AHS


“Maybe some of (the parents) don’t have family; maybe they don’t have that support. I try to talk with some of the young parents too. Because I think they need some positive things too, even if it’s just to sit down and have coffee, sit down and I can hold their baby, and just ask how their day is going.” – Ellen Antoine: Grandparent & Volunteer, Eagle’s Nest AHS & Singing Frog AHS

One goal of the program is to empower parents to access resources, assistance and community services which will support them to be active participants in their children's lives and the AHS Program. Many preschools are housed in or associated with Friendship Centres or other organizations which serve as their Host Agency. These groups often provide support services to the community, such as parenting courses, addiction counselling, food banks, Elders’ Groups and cultural activities, among others. Local agencies, such as Aboriginal Supported Child Development and Infant Development services, play a role in the AHS Village.

“We’re not just dealing with the children from 9am to 3pm every day, we’re helping families access services when they need it, we’re lending a listening ear to them when they need it, we’re getting them to build on the resources that they already have, and building capacity within our families to move forward…” – Anita Zakresky: Senior Manager, Family Wellness Programs, Prince George Native Friendship Centre


“We’re offering the Head Start program in the low income housing, so the families there don’t have transportation issues and they feel comfortable because it’s in their neighbourhood.” – Lorraine Kok: Program Coordinator, Qwallayuw AHS


“Many of the parents that are involved in our Head Starts access other programs within the Friendship Centre as well.” – Barbara Ward-Burkitt: Executive Director, Prince George Native Friendship Centre

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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