MNBC receives 3.6 million for Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care

MNBC is pleased to announce funding of $3,686,681 from the Government of Canada through Employment and Social Development Canada. The funding is intended to preserve the continued availability of Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) programs and services that many children and families rely on and ensure new public health measures can be implemented to keep children and families safe and will go to the Ministry of Education to support the Métis Family Connections program.

As of April 2019, families have had the opportunity to enroll their Métis children (self-identified or MNBC citizens) in the Métis Family Connections program. Métis Family Connections was developed by MNBC for Métis families with children birth to 8 years. The program is focused on helping families build a network of support that provides children with opportunities for early learning and childhood development. Métis Family Connections Navigators are located throughout the province and support families that enroll in their region. Métis Family Connections Navigators assist families to access programs and services that are available and connect them to community and culture.

Métis Family Connections program will soon be expanding their COVID-19 Outreach to Metis families with children birth to 8. This outreach will include the distribution of cultural and educational materials and childhood development resources. Ministry of Education will be providing these supports and others to ensure our families are connected and cared for. 

“Providing our families with social and emotional supports during the pandemic is a priority and increasing access to early years specialists in infant and childhood development is important. I am proud of all the work the Ministry of Education has done so far in the formation of the Métis Family Connections program. These programs and supports will ensure that our families are connected and cared for.” – President Morin Dal Col

“All children deserve a fair chance to succeed. The Government of Canada is pleased to support Métis Nation communities in their efforts to increase the availability of safe, high-quality, culturally relevant early learning and child care programs and services for their children and families both during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.” – The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen