Urban Aboriginal HIPPY – Vancouver Native Health Society
Osiris Lopez, HIPPY Coordinator & Home Visitor
Phone: 604-602-7558 ext. 141
449 E. Hastings Street
Urban Aboriginal HIPPY is currently offered at Aboriginal Child & Family Support Services supported by Vancouver Native Health Society. Implemented during the fiscal year of 2005/2006, the site operates out of the Phil Bouvier Family Centre where HIPPY is offered in English. Last year the program was a great success in serving 20 families – 24 Aboriginal children. Participating families speak English at home but represent many different Aboriginal nations and cultures, some of which practice their native language. Osiris Lopez, who has been a part of HIPPY in Canada for the past 11 years, is the urban Vancouver site’s full-time Coordinator and Home Visitor. Funding for Urban Aboriginal HIPPY is generously provided by Vancouver Native Health Society.
For more information, please visit: http://vnhs.net
Aboriginal HIPPY – Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre
Nicole Jack, HIPPY Coordinator
319 Selby Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 2R4
Operating out of Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Aboriginal HIPPY serves families living in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Aboriginal HIPPY improves education outcomes for Aboriginal children by delivering culturally appropriate early literacy education and increases families’ capacity to navigate the education system. At no cost to participants, this ‘home visiting’ program creates a sense of pride and ownership in each family’s success, while readying children to succeed in school.
Aboriginal HIPPY – Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
Meade Manson, HIPPY Coordinator & Home Visitor
3075 Takaya Drive
North Vancouver, BC V7H 3A8
Tsleil-Waututh Nation, which translates to ‘the People of the Inlet’, is home to the Aboriginal HIPPY program and serves approximately 10 families. Aboriginal HIPPY supports parents in helping their children, aged 3-5, develop the foundational literacy and numerical skills needed to succeed in school. In addition to acting as the site’s Coordinator, Meade Manson is also the Home Visitor. Aboriginal HIPPY is considered an important part of their promotion of language and cultural revitalization.
Aboriginal HIPPY -Kainai
Winter Rex, HIPPY Coordinator
#101, 12111 – 40th Street,
Aboriginal HIPPY is presently delivered through the Kainai Board of Education as a means of preparing children for scholastic success, strengthening families, and reunifying communities. As the site Coordinator, Winter Rex oversees the program which empowers Indigenous parents to deliver the culturally relevant curriculum to their preschool youngsters. By promoting parent-child interaction and familial bonding, parental involvement in their children’s education is increased. Research proves that this increased parental involvement leads to greater success for the child.
Aboriginal HIPPY – Saskatoon Tribal Council
Darlene Lancely, HIPPY Coordinator
335 Packham Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7N 4S1
The Saskatoon Tribal Council Aboriginal HIPPY site provides support to six First Nation communities with in its membership. Currently there are HIPPY home visitors in the communities of Muskeg Lake, Mistawasis, Kinistin, Muskoday, and Yellow Quill with one coordinator based out of the Saskatoon Tribal council office in Saskatoon. The program is offered in English and serves 76 members. Aboriginal HIPPY brings together isolated parents on Saskatchewan Reserves and provides opportunities for cultural teaching and fellowship while learning the HIPPY curriculum.
Aboriginal HIPPY – Native Child and Family Services Toronto
Randi O’Brien, Hippy Coordinator & Home Visitor
156 Galloway Rd, Scarborough, ON M1E 1X2
Aboriginal HIPPY has been offered at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) since Spring 2017, serving their Urban Aboriginal population. The site operates out of the Scarborough Family Life Centre, which is a predominately Aboriginal populated neighbourhood. Although the program operates out of Scarborough, we are happy to service the Toronto Aboriginal community downtown as well. Being a recently new site, Randi O’Brien is both the HIPPY Coordinator and Home Visitor. Randi is a literature major and teaching a literacy program for her is a means to serve her First Nations community. Presently, NCFST serves approximately 10 families.