Indigenous Resources

Find out about some of the programs that are especially for Indigenous children and families.

 
 
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Aboriginal Doula Support program

This program is offered through the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres. The program provides funding for expectant Aboriginal families to access doula services for prenatal, birthing, and postpartum support.

What is a doula and how do I find one?

A doula provides emotional, physical, and spiritual support for women and families during pregnancy and labour and after birth. In the Comox Valley, there is a website with contact information for local doulas (Comox Valley Doulas) or you can call 1-877-365-5588.

How do I access the program?

The applications are available at Wachiay Friendship Centre. You and the doula will each need to fill out a section of the form and then return it to Lisa at Wachiay, who will send it on to the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres for processing.

Get In Touch
Contact: Lisa
Phone: 250-338-7793, extension 261
Email: lisa@wachiay.com
Location: Wachiay Friendship Centre, 1625 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay (map)

 
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Aboriginal Speech and Language Program

This program is for families and children 0-6 years old who are of Aboriginal ancestry. It provides support for children who have speech or language needs in a culturally respectful and inclusive way.

A speech and language pathologist can support families (along with teachers and other caregivers) to help children with:

  • saying words clearly

  • using longer sentences

  • talking more smoothly, helping with stuttering

  • feeding and/or swallowing difficulties

This free, flexible program is available Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30 and services can be offered at the childs home, daycare, preschool or at the program office.

Get In Touch

Phone or text: 250-331-1638
Email: aboriginalspeech@cvcda.ca
Location: Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry, #105-1509 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay (map)

 
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Early Years Indigenous Program

The Early Years Aboriginal Program provides support and networking for families. The program is designed to fill a gap for families to provide support and socialization, while incorporating traditional teachings and current parenting techniques. Suitable for children 0-4+ accompanied by their parents or other family/caregiver members who are an important part of the child’s life.

The program is open Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 11:45 am (September to June) and includes a healthy snack. This program offers cultural facilitators, presentations and activities; designed to meet the needs of the child.

Transportation may be available if needed, and registration is on going.

Get In Touch

Contact: Hollie Bettle, Program Coordinator
Phone: 250-465-9944
Email: eyap@uiwona.ca
Location: Courtenay Elementary School, 1540 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay (map)

 
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Aboriginal Head Start Preschool

“Our child, our future”

Aboriginal Head Start offers two programs a day from Monday to Thursday at 9 am – 11:15 am or 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm. This is a licensed preschool that for children ages 3 to 5 years (must be 3 by December 31st).

This program focuses on Aboriginal Culture, has qualified Early Childhood Educators and provides transportation and meals. The registration is always open and has no charge.

The overall goal of the Comox Valley Aboriginal Head Start program is to foster the early childhood development of Aboriginal children in conjunction with plans and methods designed by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-334-2477
Email: cvahs@shaw.ca
Location: Aboriginal Head Start, 956 Grieve Avenue, Courtenay (map)

 
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Friday’s Child

The program supports parents and families who face challenges with daily tasks as a result of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other cognitive or behavioural difficulties. The program provides a safe environment for Aboriginal children and their families who face extraordinary challenges in ordinary situations.

Families participate in confidential talking circles and find support with our highly-trained staff and a supportive community. Transportation and a healthy lunch is provided. The program is free.

Phone: 250-465-2066
Email: fridayschild@shaw.ca
Location: Aboriginal Head Start, 956 Grieve Avenue, Courtenay (map)

 
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Hummingbirds Play Group

This drop-in parent and child program is for families with children ages 0-6 on Mondays. It is a great opportunity to enjoy child-centered play through planned activities and free play with cultural components.

Parents can also find out more about parenting and family supports in the Comox Valley.

Get In Touch

Contact: Liz
Phone: 250-338-7793, extension 232
Location: Wachiay Friendship Centre, 1625 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay (map)

 
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Métis Early Years

The Métis Early Years program was developed by the Métis Nation British Columbia for Métis families with children birth to 8 years. The goal of the program is to connect Métis families to their community and culture while linking them to early years programs and services.

Get In Touch

Contact: Celia Smith
Email: csmith@mnbc.ca
Phone: 250-735-4768