Aboriginal Family Support Programs

Overview

The Aboriginal Family Support Program is here to offer educational, cultural, preventative, and supportive services to parents and children, newborn to six years of age.

This program was developed by Brighter Futures, Health Canada to provide direct services and programs to Native youth, single parents, and high risk families in the areas of effective parenting, child development, fetal alcohol effects, pre-parenting preparation, and good life teachings.



Program Objectives

It is our goal to provide our community with the following:

  • to allow individuals in need, an opportunity to be educated on parenting.
  • to recognize and meet the needs during the developmental year of infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children
  • to help parents develop traditional family values that are culturally based
  • to provide an atmosphere where clients are able to access current information about parenting.
  • to provide information concerning FAS/FAE and Fetal Smoking Syndrome.

Weekly Programming

Monday
Parents' Time Out: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Parents' Time Out is a nurturing, play-based, early learning environment for children ages 7 months - 6 years that promotes socialization, self esteem, self care, routine, school readiness, fine/gross motor skills and more.  Nutritious snacks are provided.

Tuesday
Fresh Start (bi-weekly): 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - The Fresh Start Program works in partnership with the Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program to educate participants on healthy lifestyles and achieving new beginnings.  It gives families opportunities to become involved and educated in: physical activity, diabetes prevention/awareness, self esteem, obesity prevention, etc.

Wednesday
Our Family Circle: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - This program is to encourage families to maintian and/or develop traditional values, culture and bonding into daily life.  Information and educational sessions are offered in group settings or one-to-one.  Sessions may include but are not limited to: contacts with Elders, good life teachings, talking circles, traditional events, parenting, FAS awareness, smoking cessation, early childhood development and referrals.

Thursday
Community Kitchen: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Community Kitchen is a cooking session offered to education participants on safe food handling, eating healthy on a budget while following Canada's Food Guide for First Nations, traditional foods, measurements and conversions, knowledge of local community gardens and local food resources.  Participants must register by Wednesday.

Monday - Thursday
Drop In: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Families are always welcome to drop in and play, have supervised visits, collect resources, use the independent study station, utilize our breast feeding friendly environment and one-to-one support services.

Note:   Most of these programs require you to sign up in advance please contact a staff member for more information.

CAP-C is a NUT SAFE zone. We ask everyone to keep this in mind when visiting the Family Support Program. 

Craft Circle (PDF)
Daddy and Me (PDF)

Create and Chat

Other Services

  • Daily Drop in Centre
  • One to One Support
  • Resource Library
  • Community Kitchens
  • Clothing exchange
  • Referrals
  • Educational material
  • Community presentations/workshops
  • Coats 4 Kids
  • Emergency assistance
  • Client transportation
  • Elder visits
  • We provide a Breastfeeding Friendly Environment



NOTE: All programming activities target spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of parents and children in our community.

Contact

Shelly Mallet, CAP-C Worker
smallet@unfc.org

Kristen Kelly, CAP-C Worker
kkelly@unfc.org 

 

Phone: 274-8541
Fax: 274-4067

HOURS

Summer Hours:
Monday Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 – 3:30

Tuesday & Friday 8:30 – 4:00


Winter Hours:
Monday & Thursday 8:30 – 3:30

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 – 4:30