Mi'kmaq Child Development Centre
The Mi'kmaw Child Development Centre an extension program of the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Society and is a non-profit Native Family Resource Centre that consists of an
Aboriginal Head Start Program, a Community Action Program for Children, a Provincial Child development Initiative as well as a Provincially funded Daycare Centre. The three complementary Resource Centre initiatives host a wide variety of programs for children aged 0- 7 and their families. The mandate of the Centre is to provide quality culturally appropriate programs / resources for First Nation individuals and their families who are residing off-reserve.
The Provincial Child Development Initiative was added in 2014 as a complementary program to enhance the existing family resource programs. In conjunction with Aboriginal Head Start and Community Action Program for Children the three programs aim to provide seamless cultural programs and resources for the off-reserve Aboriginal community. The Provincial initiatives primary function is to increase cultural components particularly in the under serviced 8-13 year old population.
Senior Kids N Culture:
In conjunction with the Kids N Culture program the Senior group is for the 8-13 year old children. SKNC provides a culturally appropriate environment intended to enhance socialization skills amongst a group of peers while participating in community based activities focussed on socialization, culture, literacy and physical activities. This provincial initiative enables the centre to continue the cultural education that was established with the children in their early years.
A supper time program held in conjunction with the Parent Support Group where parents are introduced to basic conversational Mi'kmaq Language. This program is facilitated by a traditional Mi'kmaq linguist who is fully fluent in verbal and written Mi'kmaq language. A Mi'kmaq space is created for a brief time in class where language is purely spoken Mi'kmaq. In conjunction with the L’nuisi Language Movement there is hope that Mi'kmaq language will survive.
Annual Family Powwow Trip:
An annual family trip, with a 22 year history, promoting culture, tradition, and a drug and alcohol free lifestyle. The Annual Powwow trip provides a forum for positive family/community interaction throughout the 4 day Powwow Trip. The Powwow funds are provided by a large fundraising effort initiated by the families.