Early Childhood Development Framework discussions happening in Yellowknife

January 23, 2013
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YELLOWKNIFE, (January 23, 2013) – The Departments of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and Health and Social Services (HSS) continue to gather information from experts, Aboriginal and community leaders, Elders and Northwest Territories residents as part of their work towards a renewed Early Childhood Development Framework.

Last week, the departments welcomed Elders from across the NWT to a sharing circle to discuss their opinions, thoughts and experiences raising their children.

“There is immeasurable worth in speaking with Elders,” said Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment.  “We were pleased to have welcomed so many from across the territory to the sharing circle. Their contributions and perceptions of how to nurture and teach our children will balance the information we gather from early childhood professionals and community leaders and will help us build a strong foundation for the framework.”

This week, the departments will be meeting with professionals and community leaders to share experiences and ideas in early childhood development.  Early childhood experts Dr. Clyde Hertzman, Dr. Stuart Shanker, Dr. Linda Chamberlainand Dr. Andre Corriveau took part in an expert panel discussion on January 22nd.

“Early childhood development is an important investment for our territory's future," said Tom Beaulieu, Minister of Health and Social Services. “It lays the building blocks for our children's future success, health and well-being. These meetings are a step in the right direction. By learning from one another we can ensure that our children will be successful in the future."

Renewing the Early Childhood Development Framework is one of the ways the Government of the Northwest Territories is working to meet the 17th Legislative Assembly’s goal of healthy, educated people. It will include new research on early childhood development, information gathered from community meetings, surveys and round table discussions aimed at achieving the priorities for future early childhood development already identified in the current framework.

For more information visit: www.ece.gov.nt.ca or www.hss.gov.nt.ca.

Contact:

Jacqueline McKinnon
Manager, Public Affairs
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Tel:  867.920.6222
Email:  jacqueline_mckinnon@gov.nt.ca

Damien Healy
Manager, Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel:  867.920.8927
Email:  damien_healy@gov.nt.ca