Tsartlip First Nation Children & Families is dedicated to promoting the well-being and development of children and families. We offer a wide range of programs that support First Nations children and their families including:

  • Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve (AHSOR)

  • The Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI)

  • Maternal Nourishment Program

  • Brighter Futures

  • Family Garden Program

  • Doulas for Aboriginal Families

We also work with NIȽ TU,O Children & Family Services Society, as a partner agency that offers services to Tsartlip.

Our diverse range of programs reflects our commitment to fostering healthier and brighter futures for children and their families. Read more about each program below.



The Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve (AHSOR) is a program that supports activities focused on early childhood learning and development for First Nations children from birth to age six and their families.

The goal of the program is to support activities that are designed and delivered by First Nations communities to meet their unique needs and priorities.

Early life is critical to lifelong health. AHSOR focuses on early childhood development, in a culturally appropriate manner, to support the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of a child. AHSOR supports and encourages children in enjoying life-long learning, and supports parents, guardians and extended family members as the primary teachers.

WHEN: Every Wednesday at 10:15 am – 12:00 pm, from September – June. Lunch provided.



The Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI) is an early childhood tooth decay prevention program aimed at children aged 0 to 7, their caregivers and pregnant women living on-reserve or accessing on-reserve resources.

The goal of the initiative is to improve oral health and well-being. COHI aims promote a lifetime of oral health by preventing tooth decay, treating and restoring teeth that already have tooth decay, improving oral health knowledge, changing oral health–related behaviours and reducing the number of First Nations children that require general anesthesia for dental surgeries.

WHEN: One Wednesday per month


This program is available for Tsartlip parents who are expecting or have children under 12 months old. This service provides at-home milk delivery and a monthly grocery card for a local store.

Expecting parents can contact Liz Peterson.



THE Family Garden Program provides seasonal gardening support for our Tsartlip Families. The Tsartlip Garden Facebook page offers a way to ask questions, share ideas and to offer resources to our gardening households.

If you are looking for seeds, soil or gardening supplies please contact Liz Peterson.



The Brighter Futures program is a community-based health promotion and ill-health prevention program for First Nations communities. The program typically, promotes health and prevents illness through learning-related activities that strive to increase awareness, change attitudes, build knowledge and enhance skills.

WHEN: Every Thursday at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, from September – June.
Meal provided.

Doulas for Aboriginal Families

The Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program (DAFGP) is offered by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, First Nations Health Authority, and the BC Ministry of Health. The goal of the program is to increase healthy birth outcomes for Indigenous families by removing the cost barrier to accessing doula services.

For more information, please visit their website.