AHS – The Next Generation – Then and Now

Our National Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of AHSUNC (1995–2015) was held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC from July 7 to 9, 2015.

Aboriginal Head Start Graduates from across the country traveled to our gathering in Vancouver, BC to celebrate 20 years of Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC) in Canada.

52 youth (14 to 25 years of age) shared their stories and talents and got to know each other through fun activities led by IndigenEYEZ, – a BC- based group who offer a unique experience of self-exploration through creativity and the arts, rooted in the wisdom and guidance of our Elders and ancestors.

AHSABC ‘poster child’ Selina Paul, graduate of Sas Natsadle AHS in Fort St. John BC (in photo)

Musqueam First Nation welcomed everyone into their beautiful territory with drumming, songs and blessings. Throughout the three day event, we enjoyed inspiring keynote presentations by exceptional Aboriginal role models, as well as sharing by Elders and youth leaders.

The Feast and Celebration held at Musqueam Cultural Centre was a great success with traditional West Coast foods, storytelling from Inuit cultures, Métis dancing, and singing and drumming from various First Nations.

We are happy to have met so many amazing youth and Aboriginal Head Start community members from across Canada. It was a truly a memorable event! Our deepest thanks goes to all who supported this celebration and helped to make it possible.

Video clips and photos from the gathering will be posted on our Facebook page.

Our 20th Anniversary Celebration in July 2015 was a huge success! Read our Reflections Paper and watch the video of all the highlights at our gathering of AHS grads from across Canada.

Thank you to all who took part in this memorable event.

For further reading about the AHS Graduates who attended, here is an analysis from the UBC Faculty of Education.