Opportunities

We help provide Aboriginal children with a positive sense of self, a desire for learning, and opportunities to develop as successful young people.

Growth

AHS prepares Aboriginal children for their school years by supporting their spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical growth.

Wisdom

Parents, guardians and extended family are supported as the child's first and most influential teachers, and the wisdom of elders is valued.

Local

Our projects are locally designed, locally controlled, and administered by non-profit Aboriginal organizations.

Community

Aboriginal Head Start directly involves parents and the community in the management and operation of projects.


Statement of Beliefs & Values About Children

We believe...

  • That children are a gift from the Creator.
  • That our children have a right to live proudly as Aboriginal people in the lands of their ancestors.
  • That children have a right to learn their respective Aboriginal language(s) and histories, and adults have a responsibility to pass on the instructions that the Creator gave in the beginning of time as are reflected in our languages, cultural beliefs and cultural practices.
  • That each child is part of what makes a community whole.
  • That it is essential for children to develop meaningful relationships with Elders, the carriers of knowledge and history.
  • That children, under the guidance of Elders, will learn to love learning throughout their life.
  • That adults are community role models who are to teach children how to live a good life.
  • That children deserve opportunities to gain knowledge and experience of how to live a good life.
  • That children acquire knowledge by watching, listening and doing, and adults are responsible for encouraging and guiding them in all those activities.
  • That children, through being loved, valued and encouraged, will gain the courage, the strength and the wisdom to use the power of a good mind and spirit in all that they do.
  • That children have a right to enjoy the opportunities that education offers.
  • That children have a right to live in healthy, self-determining communities that are free of violence.