Early Years 


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Welcome to our Early Years programs for Indigenous children aged 0-19 and their caregivers, who reside in the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows area. 


Our programs are delivered in community or in a family home setting.


We believe in the potential of every child, and we know that each child is unique. We work together with families to recognize each child’s strengths and develop their abilities.

If children grow up with a sense of belonging, they can keep their cultures vital and restore their communities.   



Our Indigenous early years program aims to create a community of healthy, happy, children supported to reach their full potential, and to encourage all children to begin a life long journey of learning within a culturally supportive and safe environment of high quality Early Childhood Development programs, services and supports.

We focus on traditional teachings, such as the Medicine Wheel (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health) and the Seven Sacred Teachings (truth, honesty, courage, respect, wisdom, humility, and love). For more information contact our Early Years Program Manager :  E:  P:  604-458-0151 

Indigenous early years programs

Our Story Blanket drop-in program is for Indigenous children aged 0-6 and their caregivers.  The playgroup consists of free play, circle time, crafts, drumming, and a snack. A local Elder attends and provides traditional knowledge and support. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  Please drop in, it is FREE!  Date to be announced

Story Blanket

Early years drop-in

Ages (0-6)

More Information coming soon.

Indigenous Infant Development and Supported Child Development

More information coming soon.

Indigenous Child & Youth with Special Needs

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If children grow up with a sense of belonging, they can keep their cultures vital and restore their communities. 

We honour our responsibility to share the strength and resilience of our Indigenous way of being by providing services and programs for our community to acknowledge our past, present, and future generations.



children are our future

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"We have been caring for our children since time immemorial. The teachings of our values, principles, and ways of being to the children and youth have ensured our existence as communities, nations, and peoples. The values of our people have ensured our existence. It is to the children that these values are passed. The children are our future and our survival."

                                  -Shuswap Elder Mary Thomas

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The significance of the blanket in Indigenous communities- they are used to honour individual life changing events, to offer in gift-giving ceremonies, to serve as a record of a significant event, or to provide protection. 


It is a symbol of warmth and friendship. The action of wrapping someone in a blanket is a real statement of kindness and a demonstration of honor. In Native American traditions a blanket is used to create and seal relationships.

Indigenous Early Years program manager


Indigenous Early Years Program Manager


Glenda was born and raised in Manitoba and is happy to call BC her home for close to 25 years. Glenda’s heritage is Métis, Algonquin (Quebec) and Polish. Glenda has a diverse background working in the travel and tourism industry to event and fundraising management.  Her greatest passion is working with children, youth, and their families. She has been working in the Early Years field for over 20 years in mainstream and Indigenous communities as a preschool teacher, youth counselor on a cruise ship, coordinator in Aboriginal head start programs, and facilitated parent and children programs. Through these years she has attained a variety of education and experience as part of her professional development.   Glenda looks forward to meeting the children, youth and their caregivers and working with local community elders to build a positive, caring and cultural working relationship. 


202 - 19141 Ford Rd
Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada

V3Y 2P8


Tel: 604-458-0151       

Fax: 604-458-0155


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