How was Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC) designed?
AHSUNC was originally designed through consultation sessions in 25 urban centres and northern communities. Representatives of approximately 300 organizations across Canada, including provincial/territorial governments and Aboriginal organizations, participated in the consultation sessions. As a result of these consultations there was broad-based community support for the program design. The design included local Aboriginal control, parental involvement, a philosophy of early intervention and a program design consistent with local Aboriginal cultures and values.
Is AHSUNC managed by Aboriginal people?
The AHSUNC national principles and guidelines state that projects will promote local hiring, ensure that preference is given to Aboriginal people for staffing, and fill the positions with qualified people in cases where a shortage of qualified Aboriginal staff members exists while placing an emphasis on training of Aboriginal candidates.
How is site location and funding determined?
When funding is available, regional offices conduct environmental scans to determine where the greatest need for the program is, and how to identify areas where the greatest concentrations of urban and northern Aboriginal people live.
Is there funding available for the creation of an AHSUNC site in my community?
Currently, all of AHSUNC funding is committed to the operation of existing projects. Should new funding become available, a public announcement will be made. For more detailed information regarding AHSUNC funding in your province or territory, please contact the PHAC regional office.
Does it cost me money to send my child to AHS?
No. It is free to send your child to an AHSUNC site. Contact the AHSUNC centre in your community for more specific information regarding the availability of space and transportation arrangements.
Are there jobs available at the AHSUNC sites? What kind?
AHSUNC projects hire a variety of Aboriginal people with different kinds of training and experience. Many centres employ teachers, culture/language instructors, Elders, teaching assistants, cooks, bus/van drivers, support/outreach workers, custodians, administration support, finance officers, and those trained in Early Childhood Education (ECE). Contact the AHSUNC centre in your community to find out if there are positions available or if you can volunteer. A criminal record check will be required to ensure the safety of the workplace and program participants.
Are there jobs available at Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)?
Employment opportunities with PHAC are posted on the www.jobs.gc.ca (External link) site.