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AHSUNC Projects in Newfoundland and Labrador

Aboriginal Family Centre

Organization

Labrador Friendship Centre

Description

The Aboriginal Family Centre is sponsored by the Labrador Friendship Centre and is based in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in the Lake Melville area of Labrador. Happy Valley has the largest concentration of off-reserve Aboriginal people in Labrador, making up nearly half the total population, with over 300 Aboriginal children ages zero to six.

The Aboriginal Family Centre is unique in that it is a multicultural centre for Inuit, Innu and Métis children and their families. Parents and guardians, the primary teachers and caregivers, are encouraged to accompany their children to the centre. The Family Centre offers a school readiness program and a summer program for children, as well as programs for parents and caregivers.

Hopedale Suguset Centre

Organization

Nunatsiavut Government, Department of Health and Social Services

Telephone

709-933-3846
709-933-3739

Description

The Hopedale Suguset Centre is sponsored by the Nunatsiavut Government, Department of Health and Social Services and located in Hopedale, a Northern Inuit community on the coast of Labrador. The Hopedale Suguset Centre Committee (HSCC) works in partnership with AHSUNC, the Inuit Child Care Initiative and the Brighter Futures Program to manage a family resource centre in the community. This project is a coordinated effort of three major organizations to provide fully integrated services for children and their families in Hopedale.

The Hopedale AHSUNC project focuses on the needs of children ages three to five by offering a school readiness program. The centre also offers programs for parents that encompass teachings in traditions, health promotion, social support and nutrition. Parents are encouraged to interact with their children in a way that is culturally, socially, emotionally and intellectually stimulating.

Shakastueu Pishum Centre

Organization

Sheshatshiu Innu Band Council

Telephone

709-497-8458

Description

The Shakastueu Pishum Centre is a project sponsored by the Sheshatshiu Innu Band Council in Sheshatshiu, Labrador. The project will offer an early intervention program for children from birth to age six in a centre that can accommodate 23 children. The staff includes a director, a parent program coordinator, early childhood educators, a cook and a janitor. The project is set up to address the six components of AHSUNC: culture and language, education, health promotion, nutrition, social support and parent involvement. Parents and extended family members are encouraged to attend and participate with the children.