Engaging Canadians on Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care

From Employment and Social Development Canada

Current status: Open

This engagement is now open
This consultation will be open from May 31 to July 21 2017.

What this engagement will focus on

The Government of Canada is 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 will be 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:

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 are welcomed as part of this engagement.

Who will be engaged

We want 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

We invite you to read the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Discussion Guide before submitting your views.

There are several ways to share your input.

  • Send your feedback online using our feedback form:
  • Host your own community dialogue and send us your feedback:
    • 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:
  • Send us an email with your input:

The Government of Canada is also partnering with National Indigenous Organizations to engage on the development of an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework. The Early Learning and Childcare Final Report shows the results of engagement with families and service providers assembled by the Native Women's Association of Canada.

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

Contact us

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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