Early Years Program

Our Early Years Program works with families who have children aged 0-6 however; everyone is welcome. The Early Years Program offers four groups for children and parents, as well as some direct family support services. The first group, Uu-uu-a’thluk, is focused on traditional parenting beliefs and skills, Nuu-Chah-Nulth language and is offered on Mondays from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Wellness Center. The second group is a continuation of our regular Eating in Balance program where participants cook a meal together and is offered every Wednesday from 10:30 to 1:00. This program focuses on healthy eating and the Canada Food Guide. Each family who participates and arrives on time receives a $10 food coupon. The third program is the Nayi?ii Program. This group is located down the street at the Wellness Centre as well. It has a focus on Nuu-Chah-Nulth language and culture. The fourth program is the Enhanced Eating in Balance program that is offered every second Friday from 10:30 to 1:00. This program focuses on the health value of a traditional diet and how to bring this value to your family in our modern time.  Each family who participates and arrives on time is given a $10 food coupon.  All four groups include a shared meal, child minding, and free transportation if requested.  For more information, please contact Teresa Drew, Early Years Program Coordinator at (250)723-8281 Ext. 229, or if you would like to arrange transportation to any of the four groups, please contact the front desk at the Friendship Center at (250)723 8281.

Language Nest is offered as a part of our Uu-uu-a’thluk and Nayi?ii programs. This is a time for children, parents, and grandparents to benefit from the presence, knowledge, love and understanding of our elders, while at the same time being introduced/re-exposed to the Nuu-Chah-Nulth language. Our Language Nest Linguists support learning through leading us through the teachings by example and immersion. We are truly grateful to be able to take part in this true expression of Nuu-chah-nulth culture.
 

Group drop-in’s

The family programs provide drop-in groups throughout the week which focus on nutrition, child development, healthy pregnancy, caring for your newborn, immunizations, parenting information, family literacy, peer support, recreation, language and cultural teachings. 
 
Monday
Uu-uu-a’thluk
Open circle for parents and caregivers to come together to support, share and learn with Elders, Knowledge Keepers and a facilitator.
 
Tuesday
Brighter Futures
A weekly peer facilitated parenting group which focuses on topics specific to Aboriginal families.

Wednesday                                                                                                                              
Eating In Balance
A weekly nutrition focused group where participants prepare and share a meal together and participate in a group discussion.
Health Services
Through our connection with NTC Nursing and Island Health, immunizations, as well as pre and post-natal support is available every second Wednesday from 1—3 pm in the Family Room at the center.
 
Thursday
Nayi?ii
Is a weekly gathering which through the teachings of Elders, art, stories and songs families have the opportunity to experience and celebrate language, culture and oral traditions together.
 
Friday
Enhanced Eating in Balance
A bi-weekly group which focusses on bringing the health value of a traditional diet to the modern family while preparing and sharing a meal  together. 
 

 
 

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