Early Years - Northern Early Years Coalition
As a result of our collaborative efforts, services and supports are fully integrated and all northern children will have a healthy start in life.
To collaborate, promote and facilitate effective integrated services and supports that will provide more equitable opportunities for all northern children and families.
Significant expansion of Northern Early Years Coalition (NEYC) membership and partners, regardless of jurisdiction;
Finalization of the NEYC Terms of Reference and development of strategic plan which is action focused;
Delivery of Early Childhood Brain Development Workshops in partnership with Dr. Jean Clinton in nine (9) northern communities in May/June 2013. A total of 493 participants attended the sessions;
The communities targeted included:
Launch of the Northern Saskatchewan Children's Charter on November 20, 2013 - National Child's Day.
The Northern Early Years Coalition (NEYC) underwent a strategic planning session in January 2014 and the Coalitions 3 year direction will be determined from this. In terms of short-term measurables, the Coalition will focus on building awareness on the critical importance of positive Early Childhood Development and improved access to services essential to early childhood. In the long-term, ongoing analysis of data including the In-Hospital Birth Questionnaire, the Early Development Instrument, Community Risk Indicators and the Northern Health Indicators Report will be essential to the NEYC direction and focus.
Dr. Jean Clinton - "Love Builds Brains"
Participant Comments from the Dr. Jean Clinton Northern Tour
"The message is powerful! I hope stakeholders take the message seriously
and act on strategies to mobilize communities to address concerns..."
"Thank you... for mentioning elder's
wisdom because my Papa and Mama
taught us a lot about child raising."
"I really enjoyed the presentation, it was very heart touching and really opened my
eyes as to how much a child can learn in such little time because they are little followers."
"I loved Dr. Clinton's presentation in Ile-a-la-Crosse. I have a son with a learning disability. He is 10 now and has
not been diagnosed. I am doing everything I can to help him, but feel lost sometimes. Your talk is awesome."
"I learned a lot about the health and mental state of my baby. What she said really opened my eyes to be and play with my baby more
often. Knowing that the father also plays a heavy role on a child's life really amazed me."
The Northern Saskatchewan Children's Charter
A special thanks to Destiny Schafer for the beautiful artwork she created as the background for the Charter. Please feel free to utilize this Charter to discuss the rights of Children and their contribution to our communities.
THE RIGHT TO HAVE BASIC NEEDS MET
To live in a safe and stable home.
To eat nutritious foods.
To live in a healthy environment - clean air, water and land.
To have the support to access and receive quality health care.
To receive information to help them stay well.
THE RIGHT TO BE AND FEEL SAFE
To live in a home with a supportive family circle.
To be free from neglect, bullying, racism, exploitation, drugs and the drug trade and sexual abuse.
THE RIGHT TO CULTURE AND BELONGING
To be proud of who they are.
To live in a community that respects and encourages their cultural identity, language, and customs.
THE RIGHT TO BE AND FEEL VALUED
To live in a community that responds to, embraces and accepts them.
To be appreciated for who they are and what they value.
THE RIGHT TO HAVE NURTURING AND POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
To live within a family and community who does their best to support their spiritual, physical, mental, intellectual, social and emotional growth and encourage their hopes and dreams.
THE RIGHT TO LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AND EDUCATION
To live within a family and community that support early experiences, that provides a strong foundation and readiness for quality education.
To an education that will develop each child's personality, talents and abilities to the fullest.
To obtain information from a wide variety of sources especially those aimed at their well-being.
To be supported in regular school attendance.
To learn how to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people and beings.
To learn their rights
THE RIGHT TO PLAY AND BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
To be offered opportunities for affordable and diverse physical, creative and artistic play.
THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD AND CONTRIBUTE
To have a voice and the ability to influence decisions.
To know they are seen, heard, respected and treated with dignity.
To be at the centre of all child serving systems.
For more information, please contact our Co-Chairs Jed Prest or Merle Larson by clicking their button and sending them an email: