Community Action Program
Community Action Program for Children is a community based Children's program funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Mi'kmaq Child Development Centre initiated CAPC based programing in 1994. The Halifax CAPC Program Our Children Our Way has developed programs and resources to promote the healthy development of off-reserve children and their parents. The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) and Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) work closely to provide seamless services to parents and children.
CAPC Program includes:
Parent Support Group - Lets Gather:
A 20+ year program that provides a weekly program established to support the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical development of Aboriginal children, while supporting their parents and guardians as their primary teachers. Based on the Medicine Wheel teachings, topics vary weekly and include spiritual, physical, mental and emotional elements. Parent workshops are based on current issues such as health and wellness, parenting, culture and traditional crafts.
Kids N Culture:
KNC for children ages 3-8 provides a culturally appropriate environment intended to develop socialization skills amongst a group of peers while participating in community based activities focussed on socialization, culture, literacy and physical activities. Orientation to cultural activities such as traditional Mi'kmaq drumming and traditional dance is provided.
Have Baby We'll Travel:
A program initiated to provide new Moms with the support and resources which they need in the weeks post birth. A particular emphasis is placed on supporting breastfeeding Moms and hands-on assistance with breastfeeding is available for Moms requiring extra help. Resources available for loan include breast feeding pumps, capes, and nursing pillows.
Collective Kitchen: Cooking Our Way:
A hands on cooking/ shopping program, based on the Canada Food Guide, providing parents the opportunity to increase their families nutritional health. A secondary benefit of the program is the financial benefits of bringing home meals for the family for the week.
Monthly Family Events:
Events where the community can meet and enjoy the benefits of being part of a strong, healthy, family oriented community. Monthly family outings are scheduled to provide parents with access to activities and resources outside Halifax. Annual events include :Annual Eagle Watch, Family Sleigh Ride, Family Walkathon, Annual Sweet Grass Picking, Annual Berry Picking, Family Beach Day, Annual Apple Picking plus others.