indigenous

Early Years 

Programs

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GROWING + LEARNING

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.   

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goals

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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:  eymanager@frisociety.ca  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!  Click More Info for our 2021 Calendar.

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Early years drop-in

Ages (0-6 years))

Our Aboriginal Infant Development Consultants provide AIDP services to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit families with infants/children who are at risk, or have developmental delays, to reach their full potential, through a strength-based, holistic and culturally responsive approach.

Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP)

Ages (0-5 years)

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultants provides ASCD services to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and families to reach their full potential, through stength-based, holistic and culturally responsive approach to ensure they are included within their childcare, preschool or community care setting.

Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD)

Ages (0- up to 19 years)

Our Indigenous CYSN Guide provides support and will be a primary contact for First Nations, Métis and Inuit families with children and youth with support needs from birth up to 19 years residing in Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge or as requested from Katzie First Nation members. The CYSN Guide will support them to access needed CYSN programs and services.

Indigenous Child and Youth with Support Needs (ICYSN)

Ages (0- up to19 years)

Indigenous Early Years program STAFF

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GLENDA MORIN 

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. 

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CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM THE CREATOR

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.

 

 

Indigenous Early Years program STAFF

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Aboriginal/Indigenous Supported Child Development Consultant

 

 

Kaamil was born and raised in India and moved to BC after high school. She graduated from University of Fraser Valley with an ECE certificate and CYC degree. Ever since she has dedicated her adult life and career to working with children and youth in different settings. She is highly passionate about her work and believes that a strong support system can change the life of anybody who needs it.

Fun Fact about Kaamil: She spends her free time sketching and painting whenever she can get her hands on some art supplies!

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Indigenous Child and Youth with Support Needs Guide

 

 

Farahnaz was born and raised in Iran and moved to BC with her family in 2015. She has a master’s degree in Women Studies and ECEA certificate from Pacific Rim College, Victoria, BC. She has dedicated her life to working with children and women from diverse cultures. She is extremely passionate about working with children and youth which is an inseparable part of her life. Working as an Indigenous Child and Youth with Support Needs Guide fulfills her dream of supporting the Indigenous community. She is a great communicator and believes all problems can be fixed through communication.  Fun fact about Farahnaz: she plays the piano, goes nature walking, and watches movies.

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Aboriginal/Indigenous Supported Child Development Consultant

 

 

Anna was born and raised in the Fraser Valley. Her family’s background is Mennonite, Swedish, and English. She has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for 6 years and has completed her ECE certification and a degree in Child and Youth Care at University of the Fraser Valley. Anna feels very blessed that the career path she has chosen is one which allows her to meet people of all cultures and experiences and brings her so much joy. She is passionate about working with youth, children and families and approaching all circumstances with a holistic and strengths-based mindset. She hopes to always be growing in empathy and authenticity in her practice. Anna loves gardening and being in nature. Fun fact about Anna:  she bakes wedding cakes in her spare time!

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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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STORY BLANKET

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. 

A BLANKET HOLDS SIGNIFICANT MEANING 

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 STAFF

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Aboriginal/Indigenous Infant Development Consultant

 

Meghan was born and raised in Burnaby, BC. Her ancestors are European, Chinese, and Coast Salish from the Sunshine Coast. Meghan obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Douglas College and has experience working with children, youth, and adults across the Lower Mainland. Meghan believes each child is a gift and takes pride in her role as an Aboriginal/Indigenous Infant Development Consultant. Fun Fact about Meghan: She took competitive dance for 15 years, with focus on ballet and did a performance at Disneyland!  

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Indigenous ECE Coordinator

(Early Years)

 

Kathleen was raised in North Western Ontario and moved to BC as a teenager. Her adult life and career have been dedicated to Early Childhood Early Learning and Care. She graduated from Douglas College in 2003 with her ECE diploma, specializing in Special Needs. Having been raised in a family that nurtured the development of children with special needs, Kathleen developed her appreciation for all the gifts children bring to the community.  Supporting children and families is woven into all aspects of Kathleen’s life. A parent and caregiver herself, she recognizes the value of connecting family, Elders and community.  Kathleen is passionate about connecting children to culture and land.

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Aboriginal/Indigenous Infant Development Consultant 

 

Kassidy was raised in Coquitlam/Burnaby BC and currently resides in Maple Ridge BC. Kassidy’s heritage is Metis, Irish, and English. Kassidy obtained her certification in Early Childhood Education in 2013 and in 2017 she obtained her ECE Diploma, specializing in special needs education. Kassidy has been working with infants and toddlers of all abilities since 2013. Kassidy has a passion for working with children and is very excited to bring that passion into her career as an Aboriginal/Indigenous Infant Development Consultant. Fun Fact about Kassidy: She is a photographer, and an avid hiker!