Paq̓mi Nuq̓yuk (Early Years)

Paq̓mi Nuq̓yuk is a Ktunaxa term which means to blos­som or burst from the ground up, much like a developing child.

Paq̓mi Nuq̓yuk offers Aboriginal Early Years Services by means of self-referral to families with children ages 0-6, self-identifying as First Nations, Metis, or Inuit, living in the following areas to anyone who identifies as First Nations, Inuit or Métis in the Cranbrook/Kimberley, Creston, Invermere, Fernie/ Grasmere areas.

The Paq̓mi Nuq̓yuk Aboriginal Early Years strives to support strong and healthy families with a 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:

  • Aboriginal Infant Development services (0-3 yrs)
  • Aboriginal Supported Child Development services (3-6 yrs)
  • Urban Aboriginal Early ChildhoodDevelopment Program Child
  • development/social-emotional screening and assessments
  • Specific developmental programs focused on early and healthy attachment, parent and child development
  • BCAA Car seat education and inspections
  • Kindergarten transition and readiness support
  • Age-appropriate culture and language resources
  • Group-based child and parent programming, special training and events throughout the year
  • Referrals to a wide range of child-based services such as Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, etc.

Groups & Programs

Bringing Tradition Home

Bringing Tradition Home (BTH) is a traditional Aboriginal parenting program designed upon traditional values.

Moe the Mouse

Moe the Mouse® Curriculum Box is an innovative early speech and language resource that uses indigenous toys and stories to enhance language development in children ages 3–5. Activities and materials in the curriculum box help parents and educators provide opportunities for children to practice language skills in a natural setting.

Nobody’s Perfect

Nobody’s Perfect is a facilitated parenting program for parents of children from birth to age five. The program is designed to meet the needs of parents who are young, single, socially or geographically isolated, or who have low income or limited formal education offered in communities by facilitators to help support parents and young children.

Circle of Security

Circle of Security is a visual“map” of caregiver-child attachment. It is an early intervention program designed to strengthen the relationship between a caregiver and a child.


Kitakⱡikin Group encourages an aculturally inclusive environment by providing Early Year’s support, education, and resources. Our focus is to nurture natural networks for Indigenous families.

*Groups and programming are subject to change, and some programming is only offered seasonally.

For more info on our program and services, please contact:

Toll-free 1-800-489-4563

ʔAQ̓AM 250-489-4563
AKISQ̓NUK 250-342-6379
YAQA·N NUʔKIY 250-428-7414

CHIEF JOSEPH CENTRE (CJC) – 250-489-4563

1007 Baker St. Cranbrook B.C.