Early Years

INTRODUCTION

Métis Nation British Columbia Early Years

Minister of Education, Clara Morin-Dal Col and Director of Education Colleen Hodgson, would like to introduce you to the new Métis Early Years Program Team. Our vision for Métis early years is that “Métis children throughout British Columbia experience a state of well-being that allows them to live healthy and happy lives, and to fulfill their full potential as individuals, members of their family, their community, the Métis Nation, and as British Columbians.”

The Métis Early Years Program is a program developed by Métis Nation British Columbia for Métis families with children birth to 8 years. The goal of the Métis Early Years Program is to connect Métis families to their community and culture and link them to early years programs and services in their community.

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Métis Early Years Navigators

Navigators are located throughout the province and are reaching out to families with children birth to 8 and enrolling them in the Métis Early Years Program.

When families are enrolled in the program, the Navigators will:

Enrol now and receive a Métis Cultural Connections Kit for your Family!

To enrol your child into the Métis Early Years Program, please complete and return the Enrolment and Consent to Release forms to the Métis Early Years Program Assistant, Madeline Green mgreen@mnbc.ca

If you require assistance in completing the forms, please contact the Métis Early Years Navigator in your area.

FORMS

  1. Enrolment
  2. Consent to Release

Our Team

Nadine Gagné-L’Hirondelle

Nadine is the Provincial Métis Early Years Program Coordinator. She is a proud Métis person and, feels strongly about the importance of Métis children and their families being connected to their Métis culture, language and traditions. Nadine has spent 23 years as an early years professional working within Indigenous early childhood development in British Columbia. Nadine is a mother of three amazing children who inspire her to want to build a strong Early Years Program for Métis children so that they can grow up being proud of their Métis heritage. Nadine is a passionate advocate for early childhood development. This passion drives her to share the message that we each have a tremendous responsibility to our children; to ensure they have the support they need to grow into future leaders, who are happy, healthy and flourishing.

Contact Nadine:
Email: ngagne@mnbc.ca
Phone: 250-462-5190


Kim Hodgson

Kim is the Métis Early Years Navigator for the Thompson Okanagan, Fraser Valley and Langley. Kim will collaborate with others in her region and work to ensure the well-being of Métis children and their families through education, programs and services and community outreach. With more than 30 years’ experience as an educator in K-12 and extensive involvement as a Métis community leader and volunteer, Kim brings valuable experience to the Navigator role. She is a proud Métis descendant of Hodgson, Manitoba and a mother of two wonderful sons. Kim is an artist and enjoys creating beautiful Métis beadwork which reflects her passion for Métis culture, as well as her commitment to sharing traditional knowledge.

Contact Kim:
Email: khodgson@mnbc.ca
Phone: 250-306-2763


Lisa Lightening

Lisa is the Métis Early Years Navigator for the Kootenays and Northern Region.  Lisa has been in the Early Childhood field for 27 years, working with families throughout the communities of Burns Lake, V Vanderhoof, Fort Fraser and Fort St. James. Throughout her career Lisa has worked with First Nations and Métis children, managing child care programs on and off reserve as well as a Head Start Program. Lisa has worked as a Supported Child Development and Aboriginal Infant Development Consultant as well as an Education Coordinator for child programs. Lisa has four Métis children and has a strong passion for children and family. She is looking forward to the opportunity to make a difference in the northern communities of British Columbia for Métis children and families. 

Contact Lisa:
Email: llightening@mnbc.ca
Phone: 250-255-0251


Célia Smith

Célia is the Métis Early Years Navigator for the Vancouver Island, Greater Vancouver and Surrey.  She is a proud member of the Métis Nation British Columbia and is honoured to be a part of the Métis Early Years Program. Célia has a Bachelor of Arts in English and History focusing on First Peoples as well as a Post-Baccalaureate in Education from Vancouver Island University. She is passionate about advocacy for children and their families and believes that culture and kinship help to create healthy communities. As a mother of four, Célia understands the importance of the formative years of our children’s lives and believes that supporting and guiding them is crucial to their success. With many successes in her classrooms, she has turned her attention to be out in our community. Célia looks forward to working with you and your families for years to come.

Contact Célia:
Email: csmith@mnbc.ca
Phone: 250-735-4768


Madeline Green

Madeline is the Métis Early Years Program Assistant. Madeline has an Associate Certificate in Business Administration from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. As a proud Métis person, Madeline is excited to have the opportunity to utilize her background in administration while embracing her Métis culture. She has always had a passion for community and is excited to incorporate that passion into her career. Madeline is grateful to be working with such an extraordinary team, all of whom are amazing advocates for our Métis children, families and communities.

Contact Madeline:
Email: mgreen@mnbc.ca
Phone: 604-557-5851

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