Programs

NISAIKA KUMTUKS ELEMENTARY CENTRE

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

a)  Early Years programs (conception - 6)

b)  Primary education (kindergarten to grade 3)

c)  Wrap around of child, youth and family programs

The Nisaika Kumtuks Elementary Centre will open in September 2014.  The Centre is a joint venture by the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island, Mid Island Metis Nation, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre and School District 84 (West Vancouver Island).

Nisaika Kumtuks is Chinook, translated to English it means:  "Ours to Know"

Space is limited. Registration now being accepted.  Please call Joy Bremner at 250-740-0223 or Chris Beaton at 250-753-6911 or email at info@nanaimoaboriginalcentre.ca.

ABORIGINAL FAMILY NIGHT

A great opportunity to spend time with family and friends.  Second Tuesday each month at 5:30. Dinner is provided, visit with friends and share culture.  Community members are asked to bring their own dish/cutlery and bring a small salad or dessert to share.  Family Night is open to everyone, Aboriginal or not.  See you there!

Where: Cafeteria at NDSS - 355 Wakesiah Avenue

Aboriginal Family Night Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aboriginal-Family-Night

ABORIGINAL EARLY YEARS OUTREACH PROGRAMME

Honouring the valuable role parents and caring adults play in the early development of infants and children this programme 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 programme seeks to support families access community resources as well as create and establish connections among our children and families.

I look forward to meeting you - please contact Melanie Midgley mmidgley@nanaimobaboriginalcentre.ca if you would like a home visit or if you need more information about our programme.

ABORIGINAL SOCCER TOURNAMENT

MAY 22, 23 & 24th 2015- Xwulmuxw Nuwilam S'qupthut Soccer Tournament in Nanaimo!

We're excited to bring the 2nd Annual tournament to Nanaimo in 2015.  A tournament that showcases local talent and open to players of all ages.  We have brackets for adults, U14, U10, U7 and U5.

Look for tournament info on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NationsComingTogether

ABORIGINAL YOUTH MENTORS

Research tells us how effective and impactful a mentor/student relationship can be in supporting academic success.  Our volunteer mentors are interviewed, screened, trained and supported by our Mentor Coordinator.  Each mentor is required to submit a recent Criminal Records Search.

If you know of a youth who is interested in being paired with a Mentor and is currently in high school, please contact Tricia Maughan, NAC Mentor Coordinator, at mentors@nanaimoaboriginalcentre.ca.

ABORIGINAL 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.

Where: 20 Fifth Street (Boys/Girls Club)

When: Wednesdays at 9-12

For more information contact Donna Klockers at literacy@nanaimoaboriginalcentre.ca.

Check out our program blog at:  http://growinguptoread.blogspot.ca

ABORIGINAL CHILDCARE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Childcare is expensive, especially if you have more than one child in childcare.  Typically, scholarship programs support students moving on from high school to post-secondary studies.  Here at NAC, we have a different take on the need for scholarships.  The Aboriginal Childcare Scholarship program aims to reduce or eliminate the parent portion of childcare fees that might be creating a barrier to our young community members to access quality early years programming.  Did you know that a child who has access to quality early years programs is 30% more likely to graduate high school?  Through the Scholarship Fund every dollar essentially pays for one full hour of licensed childcare.  Contact us today if you'd like to inquire about supporting this unique scholarship program.

ABORIGINAL CHILDCARE PROGRAM (Ages 3-5)

NEW PROGRAM - Nanaimo's first urban Aboriginal daycare program.  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.  Please contact us for more information.

Location is 20 Fifth Street, weekdays @ 7:00 am to 6:00 pm