ECD Mother BearSlaheena & Aboriginal Parenting

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

Program Schedule:


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

 Contact: Rebecca,  Aboriginal Early Education and Nutrition Program Coordinator 250-384-3211 


Parent Support Group

Wednesday 10:00 - 1:00 pm
  • 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 an-swer any questions or parenting concerns.
  • A female Elder is available for guidance and support.
  • Cultural activities are provided and include crafts and beading activities. Dietitian 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. 

Prenatal Group

Wednesday : 1:00 -2:30 pm

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.


Contact Us

Slaheena & Aboriginal Parenting Team

  • Rebecca.M, Aboriginal Early Education and Nutrition Program Coordinator
Phone: 250.384.3211
Fax: 250.384.1586