Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia

The Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia (AHSABC) is a nonprofit society made up of the 12 urban Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) preschool sites in BC, all of which are members of the AHSABC. (See the map for the program locations.)

AHSABC is a leader in Aboriginal Early Childhood Education. We provide support to AHS sites throughout the province to promote excellence in programming. We are dedicated to the development of Aboriginal children and their families, and we work in collaboration with other organizations and government to ensure consistent quality standards

We believe:
-that happy, healthy, safe children thrive
-that children’s families are their most influential teacher
-that Aboriginal children benefit from learning about their culture and language in respecting and honouring Aboriginal diversity, teachings and protocols
-that excellence and unity are achieved through open, respectful communication and collaboration
Honouring Our Elders: A guide to Elder Participation in AHS programs
Format: Paperback
  • This book provides Aboriginal Head Start staff and communities with ideas and suggestions on recruiting Elders, orienting them to the classroom setting, and involving them in Early Childhood Programs. With photos and examples of Elders who are active in AHS sites across BC, it acknowledges their contributions and important role in teaching our children. Tools for cultural protocols and preschool licensing requirements are also included.


Notre cuisine, nos histoires : Célébrons les dons du Créateur
Format: Paperback
  • Voici une ressource sur l'alimentation pour les centres du Programme d’aide préscolaire aux Autochtones (PAPA) dans les collectivités urbaines et nordiques. Ce recueil de recettes traditionnelles, d’anecdotes et de photos des centres est aussi un livre d’histoires; il raconte qui nous sommes en tant que Premières Nations, Inuits et Métis au Canada, en décrivant les aliments que nous mangeons.


Our Food Our Stories: Celebrating our Gifts from the Creator
Format: Paperback
  • A Nutrition resource for Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities, this unique collection of traditional recipes and customs celebrates our diversity and cultures across Canada. Aboriginal Head Start families from First Nations, Inuit and Métis backgrounds share stories and recipes about Hunting, Fishing and Gathering, that connect us to who we are and where we come from.



    Contact Us:

  • Suite 1 - 1970 Island Diesel Way
    Nanaimo, BC, Canada, V9S 5W8
    Phone: 250.758.4287
    Toll Free: 1.888.278.2202
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