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Merritt’s own Aboriginal Head Start program participated in the province-wide open house initiative this past weekend, welcoming residents of the Nicola Valley in to learn more about their programs and approach to early childhood education. The Herald attended the event and spoke to organizers about the importance of Indigenous knowledge in education.
The Aboriginal Head Start Program is based in the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology’s Merritt campus, and run by Conayt Friendship Society, along with the NVIT and the Nicola Valley and District Métis Society. Since opening in June, spots at the daycare facility have quickly filled up. While spots may be full, Conayt staff said there’s more outreach to be done.
“It’s been a positive response, but it’s also not reaching as many people as we’d like it to,” said Darby Collier, program coordinator.
“We want to create a community of knowledge keepers, with people coming in and sharing what they know about the land and different teachings that have been passed on through generations.”
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