ECD Mother BearECD/Slaheena & Indigenous Parenting

"Our mandate is to promote positive health practices that contribute to the health of newborns and mothers in the urban Indigenous community.”

Program Schedule:


  • Healthy Snack: 10:00 am 
  • Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
  • Regalia Making with Maria: 9:30 — 12:00 am 
  • Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
  • Playgroup: 9:30 — 12:00pm 
  • Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Wednesday: Parent Support Group: 
  • Health Talk: 9:30 - 12:00 am
  • Lunch: 12:00 -1:00 pm  
  • Prenatal Group: 1:00 -2:30 
  • Craft: 9:30 - 12:00 
  • Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Friday: (Open every second Friday)
  • Free Play: 9:30  -11:30 pm
  • No lunch on Friday 

 Contact: Rebecca M.,  Aboriginal Early Education and Nutrition Program Manager 250-384-3211 


Parent Support Group

Wednesday 10:00 - 1:00 (Prenatal group to follow)

This is a drop-in support group for all parents with young children (up to the age of 6). A Public Health Nurse is available to answer any questions or parenting concerns. Dietician available

You Will Have the Opportunity To:
  • Enjoy social time for both you and your baby.
  • Enjoy a cup of tea with lunch and relax in a safe and comfortable environment. 




A Parent-child interaction through play. A variety of toys and activities to nurture the different areas of development.


Regalia Making

Monday and Thursday

Variety and always changing: an example is moccasin making.


Prenatal Group

Wednesday  1:00 -2:30


Our focus is to support pregnant mothers to have the healthiest babies possible. A Public Health Nurse teaches prenatal classes and a dietitian provides nutritional information. 

We Provide: 

  • Food vouchers, fresh produce and vitamin supplements until your infant is 6 months of age
  • Bus tickets
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Hospital Tours
  • Hospital Pre-Registration
  • Pregnancy tests
You Will Have the Opportunity To:
  • Meet other parents expecting a new baby (up to 6 months of age).
  • Tour VGH and pre-register at the hospital for your child birthing convenience.
Group Guidelines:
  • Respect the privacy of each person in our program by maintaining confidentiality.
  • Treat everyone with respect and dignity.
  • We support an inclusive environment where all families are respected and valued for their diversity and children are celebrated. 

Early Childhood Development 

In proud partnership with Vancouver Island Health Authority and Victoria Best Babies

* Early Childhood Development logo designed by Denise Doolan

* Slaheena” comes from the Coast Salish SENCOTEN Language. Slaheena means "Little Feet” in the Sencoten language, and is spelled as SXEXINE.


Young Warriors

The Young Warriors program is all about empowering children ages 7-12 by teaching them a variety of skills through recreational activities as well as some fun group discussions. The skills we will be focusing on are expressing emotions, standing up to bullies, setting and respecting boundaries, identifying healthy relationships, and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. There will also be cultural activities taking place throughout the program such as storytelling, sharing circles, drum making, and more! 

Boys Group will be on Tuesday & Thursday at 4pm via Zoom

Girls Group will be on Wednesday & Friday at 4pm via Zoom

For sign up please contact Nicole.G or William.S

Contact Us

Slaheena & Indigenous Parenting Team

  • Rebecca M, Indigenous Early Education and Nutrition Program Manager
  • Vacant, ECD Support Worker
  • Delwyn P, ECD Support Worker
  • Aiden F, CAPC Family Support Worker & Lactation Specialist
  • Sierra L, Youth & Child Counsellor
  • Vacant, Young Warriors Program Lead
  • William S, Young Warriors Program Facilitator
Phone: 250.384.3211
Fax: 250.384.1586