Paqmi Nuqyuk (Early Years)

Paqmi Nuqyuk is a Ktunaxa term which means to Blos­som or burst from the ground, much like a developing child. We provide Aboriginal Early years Services by way of self-referral to families with children ages 0-6, self-identifying as First Nations, Metis, or Inuit, living in the following areas: Cranbrook/Kimberley; Creston; lnvermere; Fernie/Grasmere.

The Paqmi Nuqyuk Aboriginal Early Year’s Program provides a positive start to a new life and encourages strong and healthy families with connection to culture and language, positive growth and development and great long-term outcomes for children and families by offering services in these key areas:

  • Early developmental/social-emotional screening and assessment for children ages birth – 6 years;
  • Specific developmental programs focused on early and healthy attachment, parent and child develop­ment, and kindergarten readiness and transition;
  • Age appropriate culture and language resources and programming;
  • Group based child and parent programming; Special training and events throughout the year pertaining to the Early Years;
  • Aboriginal Infant Development Services (0-3 yrs);
  • Aboriginal Supported Child Development Services (3-6 yrs);
  • Certified car seat inspections;
  • Referrals to a wide range of child based health services such as Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, etc.

For more info on our program and services, please contact: Aboriginal Early Years Services @ (250) 489-4563 (Toll free 1-800-489-4563)