The early childhood years are critical to healthy development, and they are also the ideal time to learn about our cultural histories. We prepare for the future by learning from the past. Honour your ancestral culture with a program specifically designed to observe indigenous traditions.
Operated by the Red Deer Child Care Society, the Wichinahin Kohopikiwan program receives funding from the Central Alberta Child and Family Services. With the key goal of respecting the historical culture and using traditional teachings to offer quality care to children, the playschool program offers services to children between the ages of 19 months and 5 years. Children with indigenous ancestry benefit by honouring the past while preparing for the future with our respectful program.
WICHINAHIN KOHOPIKIWAN – Helping Me Grow
Originating in 2007, the program uses a holistic approach to encourage cultural involvement for children with indigenous heritage. The phrase, sourced from the Plains Cree language, translates to helping me grow, and represents the spirit of the program at large. Children with indigenous heritage learn about their cultural histories through a positive lens, teaching pride in indigenous identity and making efforts to preserve this beautiful culture in a fun and accessible manner.