Aboriginal Services

The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership (GNEYP) recognizes the traditional territory of the Coast Salish nations, upon whose territory we work, live and play.

First Nations Health Authority Early Years Resources

In recognition of the traditional, cultural parenting practices of our Aboriginal communities and families, Credit Union funding allowed us to print Aboriginal childhood health and wellness resources.  Through a partnership with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Success By 6 was granted permission to reprint copies of four Aboriginal childhood health and wellness resources the FNHA had developed.  These included:

·          Parents as First Teachers

·          Growing Up Healthy

·          Fatherhood is Forever

·          Family Connections

Over 80,000 copies of these booklets were printed and distributed throughout BC through Credit Unions, Success By 6 coordinators and Aboriginal coordinators, Aboriginal communities and organizations, public health nurses and early childhood professionals. 

Snuneymuxw First Nation

The Snuneymuxw are a vibrant First Nation of the Coast Salish People, located in the centre of Coast Salish territory on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and the Fraser River in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Snuneymuxw territory encompasses one of the most productive and resource rich areas at the heart of the Salish Sea.

They have 266 hectares of reserve land spread over four small reserves on the shores of Nanaimo Harbour and Nanaimo River and two tiny reserves at Gabriola Island, with a population of over 1,700.

Phone Number: 250-740-2300

Website: http://www.snuneymuxw.ca/

Mid-Island Metis Nation

The Mid-Island Métis Nation is a 1,000 person strong community of Aboriginal people living the values of our Métis Heritage through community engagement, education, economic development and cultural sharing. We are a very proud people with a rich and significant past, and an exciting future.

Phone Number: 250-740-0223

Website: http://midislandmetisnation.weebly.com/

Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre

The Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre promotes justice, fairness and equality for Aboriginal people through a holistic approach to programming and services.

They have been providing services in our community since 1965. Over the years, they have grown from a coffee drop-in to an agency which offers; Educational and Training Programs, Health & Counselling Services, Social Service Programs and a wide variety of special cultural events and activities in the community.

Phone Number: 250-753-4417

Website: http://www.tillicumlelum.ca/

Nanaimo Youth Services Association

Nanaimo Youth Services Association (NYSA) is a community based, not for profit, charitable society. They have provided a range of residential and non-residential services to vulnerable youth in the Nanaimo Regional District since our incorporation in 1969.

NYSA provides social support to vulnerable, ‘at risk’ youth for the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. Every program service offered is free and incorporates an effective element of basic life skills, practical employment readiness training and health education features that assist in equipping youth to participate and be fully included in the life of community.

Phone Number: 250-754-1989

Website: http://www.nysa.bc.ca/

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre is a registered Non-Profit Society in the Province of British Columbia. Their vision is to see Aboriginal students in Nanaimo Ladysmith graduate from high school.

They believe a 90-100% Aboriginal grad rate is achievable, but it requires a strategic focus, one that begins at birth, one that is built on respectful partnerships with the private and public sectors, one that places a priority on culture/language, one that sets high standards and defines success in a manner that is measurable.

Phone Number: 250-754-3215

Website: http://www.nanaimoaboriginalcentre.ca

Email: info@nanaimoaboriginalcentre.ca 

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre (Nisaika Kumtuks Elementary)

A collaborative and innovative education model that infuses Aboriginal culture and language into 3 key components:

◦   Early Years programs (conception - 6)

◦   Primary education (grades K-3)

◦   Wrap around of child, youth and family programs

The Elementary Centre opened September 22, 2014, All students are welcome, although space is limited.

Phone Number: 250-754-3215 ext. 28

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre (Aboriginal HIPPY Program)

Home Instruction for Parents with Preschool Youngsters.  A free in-home, early literacy program for parents with preschool aged children.  It is a community-driven and community-based program, which creates a sense of pride and ownership in each family's success.  This is the only Aboriginal HIPPY program on Vancouver Island.

Phone Number: 250-753-6911

Email: jnielsen@nanaimoaboriginalcentre.ca

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre (Aboriginal Daycare)

Nanaimo's first urban Aboriginal daycare program.  A full-time, licensed daycare program that embraces Aboriginal culture within all aspects of daily activities, including an outdoor curriculum and a connection to the land.

Limited spaces available.  For families who are eligible for the maximum MCFD childcare subsidy, you may also be available for funding through our Aboriginal Childcare Scholarship Fund.


Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre (Early Years Outreach)

Honouring the valuable role parents and caring adults play in the early development of infants and children this program connects with families through home visits, drop-in mornings and family events, such as Aboriginal Family Night (which is hosted in partnership with Mid Island Metis Nation).  Our home visits are guided by 5 Animal Spirit Bags, which have been created with young children in mind and have playful, holistic ideas for growing and learning.  In addition, our home visit program seeks to support families access community resources as well as create and establish connections among our children and families.

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre (Early Literacy Program)

Building a community of readers. Ideal for preschool learners and their parents. Drop by and join the fun activities including reading, signing, play and alphabet stations. No cost.  Supported by the Nanaimo Rotary Club, Boys and Girls Club and Mid Island Metis Nation.

Snuneymuxw Health Centre

The Health Department objective is to support adults, elders, children, and families who live on reserve by providing preventative services and advocacy. The primary work of the Health Centre focuses on Children and Youth, Mental Health and Addictions, Primary Health Care, Chronic Illness Prevention, Communicable Disease Control, and Environmental Health and Management.

Phone Number: 250-740-2337

Website: http://www.snuneymuxw.ca/department/

Snuneymuxw Health Centre (Snuneymuxw Day care)

The Daycare Department objective is to meet the developmental needs of all children for whom care is provided. The goal is to use a holistic approach, which reflects Snuneymuxw culture, to assist them in developing their potential: socially, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

The Snuneymuxw Daycare is licensed to provide care to infants, toddlers and preschoolers by Community Care Facilities Licensing.

Phone Number: 250-740-2335

Website: http://www.snuneymuxw.ca/administration

Snuneymuxw Health Centre (Aboriginal Infant Development Program)

The Aboriginal Infant Development Program's Mission is to honor this gift by supporting the development of Aboriginal children within the context of family, community, and culture and by offering access to culturally appropriate early intervention programming.

Phone Number: 250-740-2348

Nustumaat Lelum day care (Stz’uminus First Nation, Ladysmith)

The Education Department of the Stz’uminus First Nation is committed to helping SFN members to achieve their educational goals and aspirations through the delivery of quality educational programs and services. The Department, headed by the Director of Education and staffed with highly qualified and motivated employees, provides educational programming for a variety of age groups, from pre-schoolers to adults. It currently operates a daycare, primary school, middle school, secondary school and college. It also supports students attending a wide variety of educational institutions in the province.

Phone Number: 250-245-0994

MCFD Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health

To reduce the burden of suffering resulting from children's mental illness, child and youth mental health services are offered throughout British Columbia by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). These services provide a wide range of community-based specialized mental health services to mentally ill children and their families.

Phone Number: 250-741-5734

First Nations Health Authority

The First Nations Health Authority aims to reform the way health care is delivered to BC First Nations to close these gaps and improve health and wellbeing.

This new health authority has taken over the administration of federal health programs and services previously  delivered by Health Canada's First Nations Inuit Health Branch – Pacific Region, and to work with the province and First Nations to address service gaps through new partnerships, closer collaboration, and health systems innovation.

Inter Tribal Health Authority

The Inter Tribal Health Authority is a leader in providing quality health programs and services, inclusive of cultural and traditional values; collaborating with Member Nations by empowering and supporting First Nations people in community development, effective partnerships and advocacy ensuring equality in health standards, funding and innovation.

Phone Number: 250-753-3990

Website: http://www.itha.ca/

Email: info@itha.ca

Inter Tribal Health Authority (Maternal Child Health Program)

The Maternal Child Health Program (MCH) works with families in First Nations communities who are pregnant or parenting children under the age of seven (7). Currently the MCH Program works in Homalco, Penelakut, Snaw-naw-as and Tseycum.

Inter Tribal Health Authority (SOAR Mentoring Program)

The SOAR Program works with women who are either pregnant or parenting a baby up to the age of six (6) months when they start working with their mentor. Women entering the SOAR Program are usually from or connected with an ITHA community and may have experienced concerns with alcohol or other substances, trauma, housing, mental health issues, or involvement with the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD).

Strong Nations

Strong Nations is considered to be one of the largest Indigenous book stores in North America. It is with commitment and passion that they continue to bring the best Indigenous resources to all Nations.

Phone Number: 1-888-278-2202

Website: www.strongnation.com

Uy'Sqwalawun Childcare Center

A Licensed Childcare Center located in Nanoose Bay. We have an Infant Toddler room licensed for 10 and the Preschool/Daycare room licensed for 16.

Phone Number: 250-390-0003

Email: headstart@nanoose.org

Quick Summary

Organizations and Services
Contact information

 Website link
 Snuneymuxw First Nation 250-740-2300  http://www.snuneymuxw.ca/
 Mid-Island Métis Nation 250-740-0223  http://midislandmetisnation.weebly.com/
 Tillicum Lelum Friendship Centre 250-753-4417  http://www.tillicumlelum.ca/
 Nanaimo Youth Services Association (NYSA)250-754-1989 http://www.nysa.bc.ca/
 Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre 250-754-3215
- Nisaika Kumtuks Elementary Centre
250-754-3215 x28
- Aboriginal HIPPY Program
Aboriginal Day Care
Early Years Outreach
Early Literacy Program
 Snuneymuxw Health Centre 250-740-2337  http://www.snuneymuxw.ca/department/
- Snuneymuxw Day Care
250-740-2335  http://www.snuneymuxw.ca/administration
- Aboriginal Infant Development Program (at Snuneymux Health Centre)
Nustumaat Lelum day care (Stz’uminus First Nation, Ladysmith) 250-245-0994  
MCFD Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health 250-741-5734  
First Nations Health Authority    http://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/maternal
Inter-Tribal Health Authority 250-753-3990
Maternal Child Health Program
250-753-3990 ext. 254

SOAR Mentoring Program
250-753-3990 ext. 254 http://www.itha.ca/insidepages/programs_
 Strong Nations, Terry Mack1-888-278-2202www.strongnation.com
 Uy'Sqwalawun Child Care Center 250-390-0003

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