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K84-A - Atuaqsijut: Following the Path Sharing Inuit Specific Ways
Resource for Service Providers Who Work With Parents of Inuit Children in Ontario

Best Start Resource Centre, 2017

This resource provides Inuit specific knowledge and cultural practices regarding pregnancy and parenting. It shares best practices for service providers who work with biological, foster, and adoptive parents of Inuit children aged 0 to 6 years old. It offers information for southern service providers on the many challenges and opportunities for Inuit and non-Inuit parents raising young Inuit children in Ontario.

Available in PDF.

K67-A – Taking Care of Our Children, Facilitator Guide:
Parent Workshop on Childrearing in First Nations Families and Communities

Best Start Resource Centre, 2016

This online guide will help facilitators provide a parent workshop about childrearing in First Nations families, including information about the roles and responsibilities within First Nations families and communities related to childrearing. The guide includes contemporary and traditional parenting styles and approaches. It also shares information about ceremonies, guiding children, responding to the needs and behaviours of our children, ensuring safety and security, managing stress, etc.

Available in PDF.

K66-A - A Facilitator Guide: Planning a First Nations Workshop for Parents

Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

This facilitator guide is meant to assist facilitators in planning and presenting a First Nations workshop for parents and caregivers of young children.

Available in PDF.

K47-A – Zhi-gid-minaan Nda-nii-jaan-sag - Growing Together with Our Children
Facilitators Guide: Parent Workshop on Parent-Child Attachment

Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

This online guide will help facilitators in providing a workshop for First Nations parents and caregivers about parent-child attachment.

Available in PDF.

J15-E - Open Hearts, Open Minds - Services that are Inclusive of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Families - Report

Best Start Resource Centre, 2013

This report shares how, with an open heart and open mind, service providers can positively influence the inclusion of First Nation, Métis and Inuit families in services. The report provides key concepts and approaches for being inclusive. An overview of Canada's history gives a cursory background as to why Aboriginal People have been excluded and marginalized from services. The report shares insights on inclusive strategies, policies, hiring practices, attitudes, spaces and relationships. Cultural context and cultural safety are also discussed.

Available in PDF.

A28-E - Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Handout

Best Start Resource Centre with the support from the LCBO, 2013

This handout is a resource for mothers and their partners to help them make an informed choice when it comes to drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.

Available in PDF in English, French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Cree, Hindi, Ojibway, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.

A28-F - La consommation d'alcool et l'allaitement - feuillet

Centre de ressources Meilleur départ et le soutien de la LCBO, 2013

Ce feuillet imprimable est pour les mères et leurs partenaires afin de les aider à faire un choix éclairé en matière de consommation d’alcool lors de l’allaitement.

Disponible en format PDF en français, anglais, arabe, chinois (simplifié), cri, espagnol, hindi, ojibwé, ourdou, punjabi, tagalog et tamoul.

N08-A - Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children - Evaluation Form - Handout

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This handout is to be used after your parent workshops on smoke-free homes, using the video Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children.

Available in PDF.

N09-A - Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children - Handout

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This parent handout about smoke-free homes, supports your parent workshops on smoke-free homes, using the video Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children. The fact sheet includes information about cultural use of sacred tobacco, recreational use of commercial tobacco, second and third hand smoke, and smoke-free homes.

Available in PDF.

N10-A - Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children - Flyer

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This flyer promotes your parent workshops on smoke-free homes, using the video Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children.

Available in PDF.

L07-E - Through the Eyes of a Child - First Nation Children's Environmental Health - Manual

Union of Ontario Indians, Anishinabek Health Secretariat with support from the Best Start Resource Centre, 2009

This manual looks at some of the environmental issues that are affecting First Nation children on and off reserve. The information provided is intended to support service providers in addressing the environmental health concerns of their clients in a manner that is culturally sensitive and strength based. The manual includes background information, the impact on First Nation children, information about First Nation initiatives, recommended strategies and parent handouts.

Available in print for $12.95 each, plus shipping and handling. Click here to order and disregard taxes.

Available in PDF.

H05-E - You and Your Baby... - Handout

Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern and Southeastern Ontario with the support of Best Start Resource Centre, 2008

This handout provides information on abuse and pregnancy in multiple languages.

Available in PDF in English, French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Cree – N Dialect, Punjabi, Severn Ojibwe, Somali and Spanish.

H05-F - Vous et votre bébé - feuillet

Le Programme de partenariat périnatal de l'est et du sud-est de l'Ontario avec le soutien du Centre de ressources Meilleur départ, 2008

Ce feuillet fournit des informations sur la violence et la grossesse en plusieurs langues.

Disponible en format PDF en français, anglais, arabe, chinois (simplifié), chinois (traditionnel), cri– dialecte en -n-, espagnol, oji-cri, punjabi et somali.

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N05-A - Aboriginal Smoke-Free Home - Sticker

Price:$0.10 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This re-positional sticker is designed to be applied on a door or window, indicating that the environment is smoke-free.

Size: 6.4cm X 8cm or 2.5" X 3.2"
Available in print and PDF.

Centre de ressources Meilleur départ, 2012

Cet autocollant est conçu pour être appliqué sur une porte ou une fenêtre pour indiquer que l'environnement est sans fumée.

Grandeur: 6.4 cm X 8 cm ou 2.5 " X 3.2 "
Disponible en format imprimé et PDF.

N02-A - Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children - Strategies to promote Smoke-free Homes for Aboriginal Families - DVD

Price:$15.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This 14 minute video with accompanying facilitator guide is for Aboriginal parents and caregivers. It offers real stories from Aboriginal families who have smoke-free homes. These people talk about the approaches that worked for them. The purpose of the video is to:

  • Discuss the impact of second-hand smoke on young families
  • Understand the difference between sacred use of traditional tobacco and recreational use of commercial tobacco
  • Share strategies to reduce the impact of recreational use of tobacco on children

  • Download the facilitator guide.
    Available in DVD and YouTube or Vimeo.

K51-E - When Children Speak More Than One Language

Price:$1.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2014

As a parent of a child who will learn two or more languages, you may have questions. This guide will give you information based on research to help you.

Language is the best tool to help a child do well later in school and in life.

Available in print in English and French.
Available in PDF in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Cree, Hindi, Ojibway, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.

K38-A - Prevent Childhood Obesity in your Aboriginal Community - A Guide for Service Providers - Guide (ISBN 978-0-9866907-3-0)

Price:$5.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This guide is for service providers who work with Aboriginal parents or young Aboriginal children. It helps service providers address healthy weights in young Aboriginal children.

Available in print and PDF.

K25-A - Getting Active - Book (ISBN 978-0-9866907-1-6)

Price:$5.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2013

This is one in a series of 3 books for parents of young Aboriginal children. It helps parents give their child the best start in life when it comes to being active.

Available in print and PDF.

K24-A - Eating the Right Stuff - Book (ISBN 978-0-9866907-0-9)

Price:$5.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This is one in a series of 3 books for parents of young Aboriginal children. It helps parents give their child the best start in life when it comes to eating good food.

Available in print and PDF.

K23-A - Creating Healthier Communities - Book (ISBN 978-0-9866907-2-3)

Price:$5.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This is one in a series of 3 books for parents of young Aboriginal children. It helps parents give their child the best start in life when it comes to having good mental and spiritual health. It also helps parents explore their culture with their young one(s).

Available in print and PDF.

K22-A - Prevent Childhood Obesity - Poster

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Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This is one in a series of 7 posters, developed as part of the Let's Be Healthy Together project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This project developed tools to help communities prevent obesity in Aboriginal children.

Size: 21.5cm X 28cm or 8.5" x 11"
Available in print and PDF.

K21-A - Getting Active 2 - Poster

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Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This is one in a series of 7 posters, developed as part of the Let's Be Healthy Together project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This project developed tools to help communities prevent obesity in Aboriginal children.

Size: 21.5cm X 28cm or 8.5" x 11"
Available in print and PDF.

K20-A - Getting Active 1 - Poster

Price:$0.50 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This is one in a series of 7 posters, developed as part of the Let's Be Healthy Together project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This project developed tools to help communities prevent obesity in Aboriginal children.

Size: 21.5cm X 28cm or 8.5" x 11"
Available in print and PDF.

K19-A - Eating the Right Stuff 2 - Poster

Price:$0.50 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This is one in a series of 7 posters, developed as part of the Let's Be Healthy Together project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This project developed tools to help communities prevent obesity in Aboriginal children.

Size: 21.5cm X 28cm or 8.5" x 11"
Available in print and PDF.

K18-A - Eating the Right Stuff 1 - Poster

Price:$0.50 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This is one in a series of 7 posters, developed as part of the Let's Be Healthy Together project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This project developed tools to help communities prevent obesity in Aboriginal children.

Size: 21.5cm X 28cm or 8.5" x 11"
Available in print and PDF.

K17-A - Creating Healthier Communities 2 - Poster

Price:$0.50 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This is one in a series of 7 posters, developed as part of the Let's Be Healthy Together project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This project developed tools to help communities prevent obesity in Aboriginal children.

Size: 21.5cm X 28cm or 8.5" x 11"
Available in print and PDF.

K16-A - Creating Healthier Communities 1 - Poster

Price:$0.50 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This is one in a series of 7 posters, developed as part of the Let's Be Healthy Together project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This project developed tools to help communities prevent obesity in Aboriginal children.

Size: 21.5cm X 28cm or 8.5" x 11"
Available in print and PDF.

K13-A - Founded in Culture - Strategies to Promote Early Learning Among First Nations Children in Ontario - Report

Price:$7.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

This report reviews early learning policy and research for First Nations children and identifies strategies to support early learning for service providers who work with First Nations parents/caregivers.

Available in print and PDF.

K12-A - A Child Becomes Strong - Journeying Through Each Stage of the Life Cycle - Manual

Price:$7.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

This manual offers culturally specific teachings and information about First Nations child development/child rearing.

Available in print and PDF.

K11-A - Have a ball together! - Activity Cards

Price:$0.50 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2009

There are four laminated cards and a carabiner that allows Aboriginal parents to attach the resource to their diaper bag, stroller, backpack etc. Each card provides parents with seasonal ideas of how to be physically active with their children.

Size: 10cm X 15cm or 4" X 6"
Available in print and PDF.

K10-A - Have a ball together! - Stickers

Price:$0.20 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2009

There are 24 stickers on a sheet with indoor/outdoor and seasonal activities. These stickers can be placed on the family calendar to schedule plans for physical activity. The stickers do not contain any text.

Available in print and PDF.

K09-A - Have a ball together! - Brochure

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Best Start Resource Centre, 2009

This brochure is designed to provide Aboriginal parents with additional information about the promotion of physical activity for children aged 2-5 years.

Available in print and PDF.

K08-A - Have a Ball together! - Poster

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Best Start Resource Centre, 2009

This poster highlights the key messages to promote physical activity for children aged 2-5 years.

Size: 28cm X 43cm or 11" X 17"
Available in print and PDF.

K04-E - A Sense of Belonging - Supporting Healthy Child Development in Aboriginal Families - Manual

Price:$10.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2011

This manual was developed to improve service delivery to Aboriginal families in Ontario. It shares important information about what Aboriginal people feel they need to support their families in having happy, healthy children.

Available in print and PDF.

G04-A - Why am I Poor - First Nations Child Poverty in Ontario - Report

Price:$7.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This report provides a hard look at the lived experiences and outcomes of First Nations children in Ontario who are poor, the factors that drive First Nations child poverty and the ways that service providers can make a difference.

Available in print and PDF.

E33-A - Beginning Journey - First Nations Pregnancy Resource - Book

Price:$4.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre with support from Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health, Ontario Region, 2013

This prenatal book will help First Nations women to prepare for pregnancy, have a healthy pregnancy and welcome a new life into their family. It shares cultural knowledge from Elders, community members, and First Nations caregivers. It also provides medical information.

Available in print and PDF.

E32-A - Prescription Drug Misuse in Pregnancy and Parenting - Report

Price:$7.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre with support from Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health, Ontario Region, 2013

This report was developed to provide service providers with information about strategies that can be used to prevent and address prescription drug misuse in First Nations women who are pregnant or parenting young children. Strategies include individual supports and community-wide approaches. Program examples highlight approaches that have been used in addressing prescription drug misuse.

Available in print and PDF.

E31-A - The Sacred Journey from Preconception to Parenting for First Nations Families in Ontario - Manual

Price:$7.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2016

This manual was developed to help service providers who work with First Nations families understand some of the traditional teachings, barriers to practice and challenges facing First Nations people. The information can be used to ensure that evidenced-based practice is sensitive to cultural needs and practices.

Available in print and PDF.

D13-A - Folic Acid - Poster

Price:$0.50 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, with support from Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health, Ontario Region, 2010

This poster includes key information about folic acid.

Size: 30cm X 46cm or 12" X 18"
Available in print and PDF.

B05-A - Breastfeeding for the Health and Future of Our Nation - Booklet

Price:$1.25 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2017

This booklet was created to support Aboriginal women with the art of breastfeeding. The Medicine Wheel is used to symbolize the balance needed to support breastfeeding women.

Available in print in English.
Available in PDF in English, Cree and Ojibway.

B02-F - Allaiter votre bébé - aimant

Price:$0.50 Quantity:

Centre de ressources Meilleur départ, révisé en 2009

Cet aimant est un outil pédagogique destiné à tous ceux qui travaillent avec des femmes enceintes et des nouvelles mères. Les graphiques colorés avec un texte minimal fournissent en un bon aperçu que les nouveaux parents trouvent particulièrement utile.

Grandeur: 13 cm X 18 cm ou 5" X 7"

Disponible en format imprimé en français et en anglais.
Disponible en format PDF en anglais, français, arabe, bengali, chinois (simplifié), coréen, cri, espagnol, farsi, gujarati, hindi, ojibwé(syllabique), ourdou, punjabi, russe, serbe (cyrillique), somali, tagalog, tamoul et vietnamien.

B02-E - Breastfeeding Your Baby - Magnet

Price:$0.50 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2016

This magnet is a teaching aid for providers working with pregnant or new mothers. Colourful graphics with minimal text provide an at-a-glance look that new parents find particularly helpful.

Size: 13cm X 18cm or 5" X 7"

Available in print in English and French.
Available in PDF in English, French, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Cree, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Ojibway (Syllabics), Punjabi, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

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