The First Nations Early Learning and Child Care (FNELCC) Unit at MFNERC supports the development of a Regional Coordinating Structure to grow and enhance FNELCC capabilities. The Unit also provides on-site guidance to support the development, expansion, and enhancement of FNELCC programs in all 63 First Nations in Manitoba. FNELCC programs include childcare/daycare (full-time, part-time, drop-in), Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve, and a variety of parent-child programming for First Nations children and their families. This work aims to ensure First Nations children and families have the FNELCC programs they need—where, when, and how they need them. It is also regionally driven, informed by First Nations, governed by First Nations, and evaluated by First Nations. FNELCC programs are anchored in First Nations knowledges, languages, cultures, and land.
This year’s theme highlights the importance of celebrating the resiliency of First Nations as they return to their existing ways and learn new ways of doing things in the modern world. It has always been First Nations’ way to pass values, language, and knowledge to the next generation. This conference will provide educators and caregivers with strategies and activities to help them engage and celebrate First Nations ways that promote resiliency in our children, families and communities.