The Kenora District Services Board is continuing to work to improve access to child care spaces in the region. The KDSB announced in late August that Kenora will soon see a new Urban Indigenous child care centre, that will compliment Gaagagekiizhik Anishinaabe Elementary School and Bimose Community High School.

“We’re very excited. We’re excited that we’ve been able to develop a very strong relationship with Bimose Tribal Council,” said Henry Wall, the Chief Administrative Officer for the KDSB.

“The community needs much more access to affordable childcare. There’s a huge need for it, and the community is changing. Families are looking for programs to fit their needs, not only for access to childcare but access to culturally-appropriate programming and services.”

Wall noted that the KDSB and Bimose held community consultations for input into the new childcare space in Kenora, as well as childcare spaces across the region.

The 2,400 square foot child care centre will create an additional 15 toddler spaces and 16 preschool spaces and will be located next to Gaagagekiizhik School, providing an appropriate transition from daycare to elementary school.

“We believe that we need this kind of approach to all childcare programs across the region. This is a very purposeful way to bring cultural components into day-to-day operations and service delivery for these programs. We need to deliver these programs in a way that makes families feel comfortable. It’s not just about having the space available for the child.”

The KDSB and Bimose Tribal Council’s new Urban Indigenous child care centre is set to open in the spring of 2019. Funding for the project is through  the Ministry of Education's provision of The Journey Together initiative.

kiijikschoolThe new childcare centre will be on the same campus as the Gaagagekiizhik Anishinaabe Elementary School and Bimose Community High School.
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