Launch of Inuit resource booklets for parents and caregivers of children (0-6 years)
Based on Inuit teachings outlined in inunnguiniq, or making capable human beings, a series of four booklets have been developed through a collaboration between the Aqqiumavvik Society and the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health. These resources for Inuit families and caregivers of children up to 6 years of age include: Family Connections; Fatherhood is Forever; Growing Up Healthy; and Parents as First Teachers.
Each of these booklets is grounded in Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, and the cultural teachings, expectations, and practices around healthy pregnancy, baby’s best start and child rearing. The resources provide guidelines and practical information to help parents in early childhood learning and healthy development, and ultimately to strengthen Inuit families and communities for generations to come.
The booklets are available for download in Inuktitut, English, and French on both the Aqqiumavvik Society and NCCIH websites. They are is also as available for hard copy order from the NCCIH, at no charge.
The resource booklets include:
- Family Connections which presents information for parents and caregivers on bonding, forming secure attachments with children, and connecting with extended family and community;
- Fatherhood is Forever which discusses the important parenting role of fathers, including learning about being a positive role model for children and some of the different approaches they can take to deal with different situations;
- Growing Up Healthy which focuses on the steps parents and caregivers can take to keep infants and children well, through nutrition, physical activity and caring for the body; and,
- Parents as First Teachers which places emphasis on early childhood development and learning through experience and play.
For more information, please contact:
National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH)