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ABORIGINAL HEAD START PROGRAM 

Phone: 780-532-5771 - 10105-97 Avenue

 

Joleen Bateman / Program Coordinator 

The Public Health Agency of Canada provides the primary funding for the Aboriginal Head Start program.  Their overall mission is to help the people of Canada maintain and improve their overall health outcomes for all people.  The mandate for PHAC focuses on the following six key components: Cultural and Language, Education, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Social Support Programs, and Parental and Family Involvement.

The Aboriginal Head Start Program is designed to give children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old the opportunity to develop to their full potential by learning through play. Children develop the self-confidence needed to overcome difficulties in their social environment; preparing them for successful lives in their families, school and community.

About the Program

The program focuses on several components that are key to a child’s development in this stage of life: education, culture, health promotion, nutrition, social support and parent/family involvement.

Through the Aboriginal Head Start Program, we offer:

  • Preschool for children aged 3-5
  • Transportation
  • Hot breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack
  • Parenting classes
  • Elder visits
  • Cultural teachings for families and children
  • Parent advisory circle meetings
  • Developmental assessments
  • Partnerships with community health professionals and the Grande Prairie Public School District 

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BABIES BEST START PROGRAM

Phone: 780-532-5766 - 10507-98 Avenue

 

Meaghan Cook / Program Coordinator

Babies’ Best Start provides non-judgmental support and education on pregnancy and parenting.

Babies Best Start is a CONFIDENTIAL program that offers non-judgmental support, education and advocacy for women/teens…. for pregnant and parenting women of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

The program helps women make healthy choices about nutrition, breastfeeding, stress reduction, prenatal support, parenting programs and more. We may also provide milk and vitamins to qualifying mothers during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Babies’ Best Start works with public health nurses and dietitians in local communities to provide up-to-date information on programs available to new and expecting mothers.

How Will You Benefit?

Our Outreach Workers have experience and/or training with pregnancy and parenting, and understand the stresses involved. They are ready to help you with any of your pregnancy and parenting related questions and concerns.

We also work alongside public health nurses and dietitian in local communities to provide up-to-date information.

Babies Best Start offers:

  • Breastfeeding information and support
  • Support in decision making
  • Information & answers to your questions about pregnancy and parenting
  • Milk Coupons and vitamin supplements to eligible mothers
  • Connections to community services
  • Parenting programs and group activities
  • Information Brochures
  • Gently used free child and infant clothing (0-6yrs)
  • Resource books & video lending

Program Participants

Babies Best Start is for any pregnant woman or teen, or for any mother with a child under the age of six. All services are free and confidential, and women participating in Babies Best Start choose which services they receive.

Babies’ Best Start may be for you if:

  • you have any questions/concerns about pregnancy or parenting
  • you are looking for breastfeeding information or support
  • you would like information about pregnancy or parenting
  • you would like to social emotional support, such as someone to talk to
  • you would like support in maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • you would like to meet other mothers and share experiences
  • you are looking for a safe environment for your child/children to interact with others their age

Group Activities

Groups provide the opportunity for mothers to share their experiences. The following groups may be available in your community:

  • Fresh Food Bags
  • Cooking Circles
  • Prenatal/Mothers’ Drop-in Groups
  • Breastfeeding Support Group
  • Collective Kitchens
  • Grocery Store Tour (winter/spring)
 
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MAMEWPITAW

Phone: 780-539-7522 - 10105-97 Avenue

 

Jenifer Spencer / Program Coordinator  

 Mamewpitaw is a Cree word meaning “Family Gathers Together Again”.

Mamewpitaw is an early intervention program for families at risk or families who desire reunification. It works with the traditional teaching of the Aboriginal Medicine Wheel that tells us people are made up of four parts: spirit, emotion, mind and body. Through these four components, a person can see, feel, know, and do.

In partnership with the Children & Family Services Authority, this program provides opportunities to improve the wellbeing and self-reliance of urban Aboriginal people involved with Region 8 Child and Family Services.

Cultural Teachings

The Mamewpitaw team provides support guided by the Seven Sacred Teachings: Love, Courage, Humility, Wisdom, Honesty, Truth, and Respect. Through this foundation, we are there to meet the needs of the children with respect, mutual goals, and the intent of gathering families together.

The foundation and strength of all programs and services depends upon sharing information from local culture and tradition, including elders teachings, cultural healing and ceremonies.

Family Enhancement Programs

Life Skills

The main focus of life skills coaching is to work on goals set out by the case worker and the client by enhancing their parenting skills, confidence, and understanding of child development so they are better able to meet their children’s needs.

Parenting Between Two Worlds

The main goal for this program is to teach respect, belonging, love, honoring, humility, courage and wisdom by way of parenting that combines a traditional view and the western view. The program focuses on collaborative relationships, safe visitations and teaching circles.

Connecting Champions

This program provides youth in care or at risk with healthy, youthful and cultural role models. The role models provide services to youth that may reside in foster homes, kinship homes, group homes, or live independently.

 

 

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ONE WINDOW RESOURCE

Phone: 780-539-7514 or 780-513-2242 -10513-98 Avenue

 

Maureen Laboucan / Program Coordinator 

One Window Resource Is a community-based drop-in program that addresses the needs of individuals who are considered at risk or in need. The program works to provide non-financial services that will help the individual sustain stability in our community.

Available On Site

  • Adult free gently used clothing
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Information resource area
  • Agency referrals
  • Computer/internet access
  • Job board listings
  • Community Kitchen Hours: Monday to Friday - Open at 7 a.m. Close at 6:30 p.m.
    • Breakfast 8:30 a.m.
    • Lunch 12:00 p.m.
    • Supper 5:00 p.m.

 

Your Support

The Centre is always seeking donations such items as:

  • Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Gently used and clean clothing (only adult men and women)
  • Socks
  • Feminine products
  • Hair brushes

Thank you for your continued support of donations.  

 

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NORTHERN INDIGENOUS HEALTH ALLIANCE & PITONE PROGRAM

Phone: 780-933-2995 - 10507-98 Avenue

 

Natascha Okimaw / Program Coordinator 

The Northern Indigenous Health Alliance is a five-year program funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada to reduce behaviours of those at risk of contracting HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood-borne pathogens.The program focuses on building relations within the community to encourage people to know their status through regular screen processes.Our culture is one of acceptance. Our project welcomes ALL people.

Services

All of our services are free and confidential.
  • Support for people living with HIV, Hepatitis C, STIs, or BBPs
  • Connection to traditional Indigenous ceremonies, medicines and elders
  • Information, education and awareness about HIV, Hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne pathogens (BBPs) and testing
  • Free safer sex supplies
  • Preventative programs
Traditional Culture

We can connect Indigenous clients with local Elders and traditional medicines. Through GPFC, we also offer traditional teachings and work to base our programs from an Indigenous worldview.

PITONE

Pitone Youth Group is a new program for all youth aged 12 to 17, run together with the Northern Indigenous Health Alliance and One Window Resource. The program focuses on health, sexuality, culture and youth issues.Drop by every second Friday for a light snack and activities based on the traditional values of the seven sacred teachings: love, honesty, respect, courage, humility, wisdom and truth.No cost to join - simply pop in and fill out an application.   

 

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ON CAMPUS FRIENDSHIP CENTRE- CIS

Phone: 780-539-2092 - 10726-106 Avenue

 

Sheila Moerkort / Outreach Worker 

The On-Campus Grande Prairie Friendship Centre is a partnership between GPFC and Grande Prairie Regional College. Open to all students, the Centre provides a warm and welcoming environment to connect with other students, meet faculty and staff and seek out college and community support for adjusting to college life and life in a new city.

What To Expect

  • Computers & internet access to assist with research and homework
  • Telephone and fax access (rates are posted at the centre)
  • Bookable meeting room
  • Elder in residence, available to provide traditional supports and guidance as requested by students
  • A place to visit, relax a coffee or bring your lunch (microwave and refrigerator available for use)