Early Learning


Our Goal

We focus on early childhood development, including physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social development.

Our Purpose

We strive to meet the social, physical, intellectual, creative, cultural, emotional, and developmental needs and interests of all children, including children with special needs.  We encourage play-based learning rooted in children’s interests and foster their desire to learn. 

Our Values

The Oski Pasikoniwew Kamik Early Learning Center provides programming in early learning to children who are 3, 4, and 5 years of age.  A coordinated approach is used to ensure there are common expectations and common practices across the entire learning center. 

This programming includes "Head Start" (3-year-old programming), PreKindergarten (K4),
and Kindergarten (K5).

Our Early Learning programs prepare our children for future learning and help them develop self-confidence, literacy, social, and communication skills while developing a strong Neheyaw identity.



Aboriginal Head Start Urban and Northern Initiative 

Students aged 3 can attend either our Tuesday/Wednesday group or Thursday/Friday group from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

PreKindergarten (K4)

Students aged 4 as of DEC 31 can attend Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Kindergarten (K5)

Students aged 5 as of DEC attend or full day program Monday - Friday from 8:40 am - 3:30 pm



The term ‘neheyawatisowin’ is best described as ‘The act of being a Cree person’ because it involves the ‘doing’ of our cultural knowledge and practices as neheyaw people.  By learning cultural knowledge and practices, it becomes our sense of identity, this identity nurtures our neheyaw spirit.  

Our ELC parents/families learn about our neheyaw ways of doing and being.  In order to succeed in this endeavour we must transfer neheyaw knowledge in a good and positive way. Neheyaw cultural understandings and oral histories from our community knowledge keepers and Elders need to be transferred to our students and their families through engagement in cultural activities.  We have a beautiful site at Kapaskwatinak Cultural Centre that helps us transfer cultural knowledge by grounding us on the land in a perfect setting.

We speak our language and teach our students and parents how to communicate in our neheyawewin. Our neheyaw values (natural laws) help us to confront any challenges with a positive mindset and strong cultural knowledge. This strength can be reinforced by learning and being able to communicate in our neheyawewin. Our way of looking at the world comes from our language and is not the same as understanding another non-indigenous language. We work with our parents in the ELC program so that they in turn can transfer some knowledge to their children; our students.  

Our goal is to ensure our children know who they are and where they come from.  We are a vibrant and alive Cree community and our children will know that and be proud of being Bigstone Cree.

Infusion of Cree through the Day


We provide a HOT Breakfast and Lunch for each student.

Neheyahwatisowin Family Nights

ELC plans Family nights on a monthly basis.  Our family nights promote Cree cultural knowledge and practices. Check our events calendar to see what events we have scheduled for the upcoming month. Events might include: Horse and Wagon Rides, Pelts & Fur, Moose Calling

Student Services

ELC believes in supporting of the whole child.

The Student Services Department provides programs and support that will ensure the best outcomes for all students attending the school. Through quality pedagogy in the classroom, assessment to identify needs, support provided according to those needs, specialized programs and services, and partnerships with external services all students' needs are addressed.

The ELC has access to a/an:

Family Engagement 

Parent and family involvement is promoted throughout the school year with functions such as:

Contact Phone number: 825 265 0066