Engaging Canadians on Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care
Current status: Closed
What this engagement focused on
The Government of Canada was looking for thoughts and ideas to help develop an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework that will reflect the unique cultures and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada. This Framework will be co-developed with Indigenous peoples. A broad range of voices were sought to:
- Identify strengths, challenges and opportunities through engagement and dialogue
- Discuss communities' needs and priorities
- Develop meaningful principles and goals
- Plan concrete actions in the short, medium and long-term
This initiative will also examine the following three federal Indigenous early learning and child care programs to better understand what is working well and what could be improved:
- The First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative, administered by Employment and Social Development Canada
- The Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve program, administered by Health Canada
- The Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities program, administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada
These programs are part of a broader group of federal Indigenous education and health programs (such as First Nations kindergarten on-reserve funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada). Views on how these programs can better work together to support improved health, education and wellness of Indigenous children and families were welcomed as part of this engagement.
Who was engaged
We wanted to hear from parents, family members, communities, early childhood educators, youth, Elders, experts and leaders about their vision for early learning and child care for Indigenous children and families so that we can build on what is working and improve for the future.
How to participate
Online engagement is now closed. However, it is still possible for you to host your own discussions on the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework and to send us your feedback until August 11, 2017:
We have developed a toolkit that can be used to inform your dialogue as well as gather and submit the results. You may also customize the content in the kit to respond to your community’s or organization’s specific needs. The toolkit includes:
As part of your submission, please confirm if you consent to having your submission posted publicly on this web site. If not, please note your submission will still be considered in the development of the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework.
Please feel free to submit your response in the language of your choice (English, French or Indigenous language). Documents, URL links to public or private videos, photos, pictures and other formats can also be sent to NC-IELCC-AGJEA-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca, or by mail to:
Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Secretariat
Social Policy Directorate
Employment and Social Development Canada
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV
3rd floor, Mailstop 305
Gatineau QC K1A 0J9
The Government of Canada is also partnering with Indigenous peoples to engage on the development of an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework. The results of engagement conducted by the Native Women's Association of Canada can be found in their Early Learning and Childcare Final Report. For more information on engagement processes conducted by other Indigenous organizations, please contact the organization directly or contact us at NC-IELCC-AGJEA-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca.
Interested media can contact media relations.
Questions on this process can be sent to NC-IELCC-AGJEA-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca.
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