Aboriginal Head Start Program

Northwest Territories

Beliefs & Values

We believe...

  • That children are a gift from the Creator. 
  • That our children have a right to live proudly as Aboriginal people in the lands of their ancestors.
  • That children have a right to learn their respective Aboriginal language(s) and histories, and adults have a responsibility to pass on the instructions that the Creator gave in the beginning of time as are reflected in our languages, cultural beliefs and cultural practices. 
  • That each child is part of what makes a community whole. 
  • That it is essential for children to develop meaningful relationships with Elders, the carriers of knowledge and history. 
  • That children, under the guidance of Elders, will learn to love learning throughout their life. 
  • That adults are community role models who are to teach children how to live a good life.
  • That children deserve opportunities to gain knowledge and experience of how to live a good life.
  • That children acquire knowledge by watching, listening and doing, and adults are responsible for encouraging and guiding them in all those activities.
  • That children, through being loved, valued and encouraged, will gain the courage, the strength and the wisdom to use the power of a good mind and spirit in all that they do. 
  • That children have a right to enjoy the opportunities that education offers. 
  • That children have a right to live in healthy, self-determining communities that are free of violence.