Aboriginal Head Start

Aboriginal Head Start

Aboriginal Head Start offers First Nation children an opportunity to explore and develop a wide range of abilities and assets including curiosity, language and numeracy, cooperation, problem-solving, confidence, creativity, self-direction, strength and coordination. The overall objective of AHS is to provide First Nation families with a culturally based, parent-driven program that:

  • Increases awareness of their culture
  • Fosters pride in their Aboriginal roots and heritage
  • Offers a renewed awareness of traditional values and cultural skills
  • Fosters a lifelong love of learning
  • Develops school-readiness skills
  • Stimulates skills, knowledge, values and attitudes in the areas of
    • Health
    • Nutrition
    • Education
    • Language
    • Culture
  • Enhances quality of family life
  • Provides an accepting, nurturing environment for the emotional, spiritual, cultural, intellectual and social growth and development of each child.

At Tr’inke Zho, the program is available four days a week as a morning or afternoon program for three and four year-olds, and runs in conjunction with the school year. Intakes are in September.

The Parental Advisory Committee (PAC) for AHS usually meets during lunch hour on the second Thursday of the month.

Registration form (include link)

Please return to

Tr’inke Zho Aboriginal Head Start Program

PO Box 599

Dawson, YT  Y0B 1G0


Contact Lynette Peterson, Aboriginal Head Start Coordinator, at (867) 993-5927.


Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia

Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities - Health Canada