This guide will help facilitators provide a parent workshop about childrearing in First Nations families from birth to age seven, including information about the roles and responsibilities within First Nations families and communities related to childrearing. It shares teachings from a range of First Nations in Ontario including Anishinaabe, Cree, Métis, and Haudenosaunee. Some content may also be relevant for workshops for Inuit parents. This guide includes contemporary and traditional parenting styles and approaches. It also shares information about ceremonies, guiding children, responding to the needs and behaviours of our children, ensuring safety and security within our parenting, managing stress, etc.
This guide includes :
- A section on preparing for the workshop (this section).
- Sections on facilitating the four parts of the workshop.
- A section with additional resources that may be helpful to facilitators or to workshop participants.
- An appendix with handouts for workshop participants.
- An appendix with forms you can use to assess the effectiveness of your workshop.
Information about the impact of Canada’s Indian Residential School system on parenting in First Nations communities is incorporated in this guide to provide context related to current parenting challenges.