• Early Childhood Week
Dec 03, 2018

A third edition under the sign of engagement!


The third edition of Early Childhood Week (ECW) was held throughout Quebec from November 18 to 24, 2018. Among the First Nations, a wide range of activities and initiatives were organized in the communities and organizations to promote early childhood and raise awareness among all stakeholders regarding the importance of young children. Each year, ECW provides an additional opportunity to promote the rights of First Nations children as set out in the Declaration of the Rights of First Nations Children. Indeed, many communities and organizations drew inspiration from it to carry out their activities.


Grand Rally for Our Little Ones

This year, a major event, the Grand Rally for Our Little Ones, was added to the program in order to take stock of the progress and challenges related to early childhood in Quebec, to share strategies that have been implemented to bring about lasting change and, ultimately, to engage collectively in the pursuit of the movement in favour of early childhood. The FNQLHSSC helped to organize this event, which took place on November 20 and 21 at the Palais des Congrès in Québec City.


This gathering brought together nearly 650 people, particularly local, regional and provincial decision-makers, with the aim of strengthening collaboration between all the stakeholders involved in developing the full potential of Quebec's young children. More than thirty participants from First Nations communities took part in the event to discuss and collaborate so that young First Nations children could also see their interests represented and their voices heard.


During these two days, kindergarten students from the Wahta’ elementary school in Wendake were invited to symbolically highlight the rights of children by handing out copies of the Declaration of the Rights of First Nations Children to participants. Many panelists from First Nations circles also participated in the workshops in order to raise awareness of the realities and issues that are specific to First Nations. During the closing presentation, Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL and First Nations ambassador for ECW, took the floor to reiterate the importance of collective engagement and collaboration in order to move towards the development and wellness of First Nations children.


A survey on Quebecers' perceptions of First Nations early childhood

Conducted last October by the Leger firm and commissioned by the FNQLHSSC in collaboration with the Observatoire des tout-petits, the survey made it possible to measure the perceptions of Quebecers on many topics related to young First Nations and Inuit children in Quebec. The complete survey report is available here. A joint news release from the FNQLHSSC and the AFNQL was also issued regarding the results of this survey. You can read it here.


The FNQLHSSC would like to express its sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in ECW. Special thanks to the First Nations ambassador for ECW, Ghislain Picard, as well as the Chiefs of the AFNQL, who greatly contributed to this event.


All for our young First Nations children!