Component 1: Culture and Language

Head Start programs provide children with a positive sense of themselves as First Nations children and build on their knowledge of their First Nations languages and experience of culture in their communities.

Guidelines for Implementation

  • Encourage thoughtfulness and reflection about how to ensure this is a comfortable place for First Nations people to be who they are
  • Provide opportunities for children and families to enhance their knowledge of culture and language
  • Provide opportunities for Elders and cultural resource people to participate
  • Model First Nations values and beliefs in all aspects of the program
  • Apply First Nations cultural values and beliefs to all aspects of daily programming, program governance and administration

Implementation Ideas and Examples

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Digital stories on the inter-generational effects of residential schools on First Nations women