Aboriginal Infant Development

We work with families who have children aged 0 to 6 years old to support parents. We offer home visits, referrals to outside professionals when necessary, lending library, toy lending, car seat loan program, proper installation of car seats, developmental assessments. Workshops we are planning are: swimming with babies/families, shopping on a budget, and baby food preparation. The Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP) culturally relevant community supports and services to families of children 0-3 years of age, both on or off reserves who have or are at risk of developmental delays. The AIDP believes that "children come first in all that we do" and that each child deserves to be acknowledged and cherished for the qualities that make him/her unique in order to optimize and accomplish developmental milestones. Through traditional teachings, respecting families, offering teaching tools and strategies and early childhood interventions, we will support and build family health and wellness by developing an individualized program that acknowledges and cherishes each child's developmental needs.

The AIDP receives referrals from many different sources such as family doctors, hospitals, family members and other professionals in the community. Families can self refer and this can be done by contracting Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn Teaching Centre Society.

Aboriginal Infant Development Program – 250-838-6404, ext. 231 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

What we offer:

  • Information on community health services
  • Referrals to community and professional services and supports
  • Assistance in planning family activities that promote healthy childhood development
  • Home visits
  • Cultural activities and playgroups
  • Parent support groups and parent education opportunities
  • Language and culture program
  • Elders teaching
  • Swim program
  • Workshops that enhance childhood development and safety

The Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP)

  • The Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP) is an important investment for the future of our communities. AIDP strives to encourage the development of children who will become healthy, contributing community members. These children will grow to carry on cultural traditions, manage First Nations' communities and land, and ensure a bright future for generations to come. AIDP is primarily a home-based program that supports and encourages families to give their children the best start in life. Participation in the AIDP is a family centered, voluntary and free of cost program.
  • Our AIDP Consultant works 1-on-1 with any family in the community who has a child between the ages of 0 and 6 years old to provide support in centre and through home based visits. These services are available to all Aboriginal families.
  • The AIDP Consultant provides early intervention support and can do DAYC2 Assessments, Ages and Stages Assessments on children at the request of the parent or guardian. We also provide parent and tot groups, parent and baby swimming programs, picnics, cooking classes, Splatsin Baby Welcome Ceremony, winter clothing exchange, parent sewing groups, and other activities that foster cooperation and collaboration in the development of the child.
  • To help assist in appropriate development of children in the community, we have an extensive resource library, toy lending program, car seat loan program, and baby welcoming gifts.