Sacred Children is an Aboriginal Parent Education Resource Kit designed to reinforce and support parents’ inherent knowledge in order to strengthen and enhance healthy parenting in Aboriginal families. The resources provide comprehensive, holistic knowledge to parents and communities on the health, safety, and development of children in the age group of six to twelve years.

This three-year project guided by Elders, Cultural Advisors, and a National Advisory Committee was funded by the Population Health Fund, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Focus groups, surveys and a literature review were used throughout the development of the resources to ensure best practice evidence and usefulness to Aboriginal families and parenting facilitators.

The committee was established in January 2006 and had representatives from the Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador. There were three nationally-scoped organizations involved on the committee.

For the purpose of this project, the term Aboriginal, includes First Nations (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit people as outlined in the Canadian Constitution.

Goals and Objectives

Goal:

To reinforce and support parents’ inherent knowledge in order to strengthen and enhance healthy parenting in Aboriginal families with children aged six to twelve years.

Objectives:

To design and develop a unique parenting education resource that is culturally adaptable in content and design for Aboriginal families and to provide comprehensive, holistic knowledge to Aboriginal parents and communities on the health, safety, and development of children in the age group of six to twelve years.

Resources

Resources have been developed based on results of two national Parent and Parenting Facilitator surveys. Original kits were distributed nationally and are no longer available to order, however, all resources may be downloaded. A new revised kit includes a guide (English only) and a DVD.

The topic areas covered in the resources are: Self-Esteem, Communication, Nutrition, Discipline, and Bullying.