The Importance of Cultural Curriculum

Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) programs include children from many different Nations and cultures. In our urban centres, parents and families are often living far from their roots and lack opportunities to speak and learn their first languages. Research shows that an experience of their culture is essential to the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children in helping them develop a healthy personal identity, a sense of belonging and self-worth. Family and community support is crucial in connecting children to their culture.

Leaders in AHS Resources

As our Association members grow in expertise, we are proud to take a leadership role in developing cultural learning resources for young Aboriginal children and families in our province and across Canada. Over the past 15 years, our Staff, Elders and families from Aboriginal Head Start programs in BC have contributed to these Tips & Tools for creating cultural curriculum.

Since the original guide was published in 2006, new ideas and resources have continued to be developed. Now we want to share them with everyone as a free feature on our website. We believe they will benefit not only AHS but other programs, such as Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and any agencies or preschools that support Aboriginal children and families.

Each chapter in this online guide contains Tips on ways to plan and create cultural curriculum and Tools for incorporating the 6 components of AHS more effectively into Aboriginal Early Childhood programs.

As we continue to build this online resource, you will find:

  • Ideas for planning a cultural curriculum
  • Sample calendars and themes
  • Suggestions for adapting cultural, conventional and personal development themes
  • Culture and language activities for urban programs
  • Sample cultural curriculum incorporating the 6 components of AHS
  • Sources of books, websites and other resources
  • Ways to support the AHS village and network with the community

Your comments, suggestions and feedback are always welcome and appreciated, and will help us continue to share our ideas with each other.