EDI Project

EDI Project

Children are gifts from the Creator and it is our responsibility to nurture healthy children, family, and communities.

Indigenous Child Development (download the brochure)

The Project

This project is about learning the ways in which YTC communities support the development of healthy children from an indigenous perspective. This project will bring different ways of understanding together and allow time for each worldview to speak equally. Our work values kinship, enhances the wellbeing of our community, and honors our culture, identity and language.

The Goals

  • To increase the research capacity among YTC communities.
  • To develop research approaches that respect YTC community and tradition.
  • To identify our communities’ strengths in nurturing our children.
  • To identify areas where we can better support their development.

The Benefits

  • Gain a more complete understanding of healthy indigenous child development.
  • Enhance and strengthen our communities’ child development programs.
  • Build capacity by strengthening research skills for all partners in the project

Our Approach

The community is leading this project, which is based on equal partnerships and trust. We respect the values and experience of the Elders, youth and families in each community. The information we gather will highlight unique First Nations strengths and culture and help support early childhood development through more effective policies, programs, or services. We encourage communities to participate and the information we gather will be respected.

Our Partnership

The Yellowhead Tribal College (YTCol) and the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families (CUP) came together in a unique project to learn about early childhood development from a community perspective.

Learning in Two Worlds

All children learn how to communicate, think, problem solve, and relate to the people and the world around them. First Nations children also learn about the spirituality, traditional language, and culture of their communities. It is important to balance these factors and recognize the community strengths that shape child development.


Child Development.pdf

The Early Development Instrument and how it is being used.pdf

Getting the Right Start to a Good Future.pdf

How communities can support healthy early childhood development.pdf


Emotional Health and Maturity - Final.pdf

Language and Cognitive Development - Final.pdf

Communication and General Knowledge - Final.pdf

Social Competence - Final.pdf