The Government of the Manitoba Métis Federation believes that all our children across the homeland of the Red River Métis should have access to high-quality and culturally appropriate early learning education to set them up for a future filled with success.

In 2018, the release of the Indigenous Early Learning and Childcare Framework was the beginning of the Manitoba Métis Federation Early Learning and Child Care department. The Framework was developed after undertaking extensive community consultations across the Homeland of the Red River Métis. The outcome of the consultations established guiding principles to follow when providing culturally relevant childcare programs for our Métis children.

A few years later, as a response to this framework, the "Métis Nation Early Learning and Childcare Accord" was created to enhance Métis children's access to Early Learning and Child Care programs that are responsive to the unique needs of our Métis children and families. The Accord was signed between the Government of Canada and the Métis Nation (as represented by the major Métis governments, one being the Manitoba Métis Federation).

The Early Learning & Child Car Department is pleased to be acting under the guidance of Minister Frances Chartrand.

  1. The Early Learning & Child Care is committed to creating new child care spaces across the province of Manitoba.

a. Feasibility Studies: In order to gather information to assist in the child care needs assessment for our communities across the province, the Early Learning and Child Care department utilizes Feasibility Studies. Maybe you've already filled out a survey for your community, if not and you feel like your community would benefit from a Manitoba Métis Federation child care centre, please reach out to your local* or Regional* offices.

Regional Offices | Manitoba Métis Federation (mmf.mb.ca)

b. Current centres: We're excited to announce the following Manitoba Métis Federation Builds and Partnerships Projects:

  • Michif Children's Place - 65 spot centre
  • *Currently accepting registration* please email mcp@mmf.mb.ca
  • Li Chi Shevru - Preschool & Infant Centre - 40 spot centre
  • *Currently accepting registration* please email Shannon.solinski@mmf.mb.ca
  • Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre Duck Bay - Preschool & School age Centre (3-5) - 20 spot centre (10 Before & 10 After)
  • Swan River Elbert Chartrand Friendship Child Care Centre - Infant & Preschool Centre - 40 spot centre - Currently in the build process
  • Little Stars PlayHouse (IWS) - Infant & Preschool Centre - 28 spot centre
  • Hawthorne (IWS) - Currently in the renovation process
  • Keewatinowi Awasisak Opi-Ki-Wak Inc - Infant, Preschool & School Age Centre - 16 spot centre - Opening Soon
  1. Governance & Partnerships

a. Child Care Committee: Manitoba Métis Federation and Affiliated Centres will be governed by a Child Care Committee. The minimum number of Committee Members on Child Care Committees will be five (5) members, and the maximum number will be eight (8). Committee members will be knowledgeable on the Best Practices Licensing Manual for Early Learning and Child Care, centre by-laws and personnel policies, annual licensing checklists, comment sheets, the Manitoba Child Care Association's Code of Ethics, departments, and affiliates. Please reach out to elcc@mmf.mb.ca if you are interested in serving your community by ensuring the success of future generations.

b. Partnerships:

  • Regional Offices
  • Locals
  • Infinity Women Secretariat
  • Louis Riel Vocational College
  • Métis Employment & Training
  • Louis Riel Capital Corporation
  • Assiniboine Community College
  • Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre
  • Keewatinowi Awasisak Opi-Ki-Wak Inc
  • Women Healing for Change - Little StarsPLAYHOUSE
  1. Education & Training Programs: The department is looking to enhance existing Early Learning and Child Care programs by providing resources and other Métis culture-based supports to augment their ability to effectively address the cultural, social, and language needs of Manitoba.

a) Licensed Home Child Care Program: The Early Learning and Child Care department in partnership with Louis Riel Capital Corporation is proud to offer the Manitoba Métis Federation Licensed Home Child Care Program to eligible Métis citizens in Manitoba. The Home Child Care Program is designed to help Métis citizens overcome the challenge of the financial barriers of starting a licensed home child care program.

  • Licensed Home Child Care Program: The Early Learning and Child Care department in partnership with Louis Riel Capital Corporation is proud to offer the Manitoba Métis Federation Licensed Home Child Care Program to eligible Métis citizens in Manitoba. The Home Child Care Program is designed to help Métis citizens overcome the challenge of the financial barriers of starting a licensed home child care program Manitoba Métis Federation Early and Learning and Child Care will provide successful applicants with funding for $40,000 in the form of a forgivable loan.
  • Embark on a 10-Week Business & Licensing Course that will assist the applicant through the Manitoba Licensing Application Process and provide weekly business workshops to prepare those in the program for over all success.
  • To see your eligibility and the full program details - CRO Application Form.

To see your eligibility and the full program details

b. Become an Early Childhood Educator -

  1. Manitoba Métis Federation, Early Learning Child Care department, is looking to assist in the growth of the Manitoba Métis workforce. Child Care is a necessity; otherwise, parents cannot fully participate in our economy. Early Learning and Child Care is an economic issue as much as it is a social issue, as noted by the 2021-22 Federal Budget. Assisting in the training and development opportunities for Métis citizens is essential to support a qualified child care system
  2. Become an Early Childhood Educator in 3 steps!
  • First complete the Child Care Assistant Course (known as the 40 hrs course) with Louis Riel Vocational College
  • Next, the Early Childhood Educator II with LRVC
  • Finally, complete the Early Childhood Educator III

If interested please email elcc@mmf.mb.ca

c. Parenting Programs

Super Dad's Super Kids (3-6 years): Super Kids... they come from Super Dads, who put in a lot of sweat and effort in the hopes to help their children grow into mature adults who contribute to this world and who are nurtured by caring, involved, and responsible parents. For the 8 sessions of Super Dads Super Kids, the focus is on responsible fathers - men who make a conscious choice to be the solid role model's kid

Maa-Maan Pi Soon Biibii (1-2 years): This 8-week program will cultivates and strengthen the parent/child bond to create a support system, and we hope that Mom's will develop friendships with other Moms. The program allows for infant socialization, exposure to language and literacy development. We focus on health, nutrition, and exercise as well as celebrates Métis culture.

The Little Metis Literacy Program (3-5 years): This 8-week program will explore and celebrate the Métis culture through play based learning that fosters the development of literacy habits needed for life. We will also be working on developing beneficial family literacy habits through role-modeling and repetition.

To register or with questions related our programs please contact:
Cheryl Erickson
Phone: (431) 373-2884
Email: cerickson@mmf.mb.ca

d. My Little Métis Box

The Manitoba Métis Federation, Early Learning and Child Care department is excited to celebrate and explore our Métis culture in Manitoba. We recognize the importance of early childhood development and adjusting to the demands covid has placed on our families.

Our children's learning environment has been impacted, and we believe that providing creative solutions to learn and enhance their knowledge of our Métis culture and history is invaluable.

These are exciting times because inside each My Little Métis Box, you will find various items you and your child can explore and enjoy together. We hope that the activities included in this kit will assist you and your child in expanding your knowledge about our culture, history, and traditions.

Our Métis children and families are an integral part of our province and history, so take some time to understand the contents together. Ask questions, source the answers, and encourage open dialogue, but most importantly, have fun!

Eligibility: Your child must be both between the ages of zero to six and a registered Manitoba Métis Federation Métis Citizen

Citizenship-Harvester Application

B300-150 Henry Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 0J7

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