First Light Childcare

First Light Childcare Centre is the province’s first and only Indigenous-run urban childcare centre. It provides childcare to children ages newborn to 5 years of age. The centre is open to all families, however priority is given to Indigenous families first.

We now offer School Age childcare at our 25 Buckmaster’s Circle location. We welcome you to submit and inquiry with the form at the bottom for more information.

The childcare programming at First Light is developed based on the needs of the individual as well as the groups’ physical, emotional, social, intellectual and cultural needs, and often program facilitators from First Light, as well as guest speakers with special skills and/or cultural teachings to share with the children. Examples of cultural teachings include:

  • Igloo building
  • Powwow dancing
  • Elder visits
  • Indigenous storytelling
  • Teachings on First Nations sacred medicines (ex: smudging)
  • Snowshoeing
  • Hoop dancing 
  • Talking stick circles
  • Beading and other Indigenous crafts
  • First Nations and Inuit drumming
  • Inuit throat singing
  • Inuit games
  • Exposure to Indigenous languages
  • Discussion of fishing and hunting, with exposure to tangible objects like ice fishing sticks, moose antlers, and more
  • Teepee building (small version using sticks)
  • Building pretend fires and teachings on fire safety and wilderness survival
  • Information on the Inuit inuksuk
  • Innu tea doll teachings

For children ages 0 to 4, please use the preschool inquiry form. For children 5 to 12, please use the school-age form.

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