Indigenous Information

Information for Aboriginal parents Being pregnant and being a parent is a special time. It can be a time of joy and celebration. It can also be a time of uncertainty filled with many questions. It is a time of many changes – there is a lot to learn. The following resources will provide you with information to support you in your pregnancy and parenting.

This information can help you or your partner to have a healthy pregnancy and to learn more about child development and parenting. It can also be a time when you are looking for guidance from Elders and Indigenous culture.

Best Start resources

Prenatal Health

Beginning Journey: First Nations Pregnancy Resource
Best Start Resource Centre with support from FNIH, 2013

This prenatal book will help First Nations women to prepare for pregnancy, to have a healthy pregnancy and to welcome a new life into their family. It shares cultural knowledge from Elders, community members and First Nations caregivers. It also provides medical information. At the end of each chapter there is a page where women can make notes about their pregnancy.

Abuse

You and Your baby...

You and your Baby…
Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern and Southeastern Ontario with the support of Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2014

These printer-ready handouts provide information on abuse and pregnancy in multiple languages.

Download printer-ready handouts as PDF files in Cree - N Dialect and Severn Ojibwe

Alcohol and Drugs

Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-free Pregnancy- Printer-ready handouts

Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-free Pregnancy - Printer-ready Handouts
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, 2012

The handouts provide information and tips for expectant parents about alcohol use in pregnancy.

Download printer-ready handouts as PDF files in Cree and Ojibway

Brochure: Aboriginal Pregnancy and Alcohol brochure

Indigenous Pregnancy and Alcohol -  Brochure
Best Start Resource Centre with support from the LCBO, 2012

This brochure is for Indigenous women on the topic of alcohol and pregnancy. It includes the effects of drinking, traditional teachings about pregnancy and where to get help in Ontario.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding for the Health and Future of our Nation

Breastfeeding for the Health and Future of Our Nation
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2017

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

Available in PDF in EnglishCree and Ojibway.

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding- Printer-ready handouts

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Printer-ready Handouts
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, 2013

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

Download printer-ready handouts as PDF files in Cree and Ojibway.

Breastfeeding Your Baby - Magnet (guidelines for nursing mothers)
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2016

This 13 cm by 18 cm fridge magnet is a teaching aid for new mothers and their families. It is a good reminder for mothers on how to assess their infant’s breastfeeding effectiveness during the first three weeks. Colourful graphics and photographs with minimal text provide an at-a-glance look that new parents find particularly helpful.

Download printer-ready PDF file in Cree and Ojibway.

Healthy Weights, Nutrition and Physical Activity

Creating Healthier Communities
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This book for parents of young children was created as part a project to help communities prevent obesity in Indigenous children. This book helps parents give their child the best start in life when it comes to having good mental and spiritual health. It helps parents explore their culture with their young one(s).

Eating the Right Stuff

Eating the Right Stuff
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This book for parents of young children was created as part a project to help communities prevent obesity in Indigenous children. It helps parents give their child the best start in life when it comes to eating good food.

Folic Acid-Poster

Folic Acid - Poster
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.

Child Development

When Children Speak More than One Language
When Children Speak More Than One Language
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 PDF in English, Cree, and Ojibway

Nutrition

Feeding Your Baby - A guide to help you introduce solid foods - Booklet

Feeding Your Baby - A guide to help you introduce solid foods - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre and Nutrition Resource Centre, revised 2016

This guide provides information about feeding your baby from six months to one year. It answers questions you may have about breastfeeding and starting solid foods. 

Also available in FrenchArabicChinese (Simplified), CreeHindiOjibwayPunjabiSpanishTagalogTamil, and Urdu.

Physical Activity

Getting Active

Getting Active
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2013

This book for parents of young children was created as part a project to help communities prevent obesity in Indigenous children. It helps parents give their child the best start in life when it comes to being active.

Have a Ball Together-Brochure

Have a Ball Together! - Brochure
Best Start Resource Centre, 2009

This brochure provides Indigenous parents with information about the promotion of physical activity for children aged 2-5 years.
 

Have a Ball Together!- Parent resource activity card

Have a Ball Together! - Parent Resource Activity Cards
Best Start Resource Centre, 2009

There are four laminated cards that provide parents with seasonal ideas of how to be physically active with their children.

Tobacco

Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children - Video
Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This video is for Indigenous parents and caregivers. It offers real stories from Indigenous 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

View online: YouTube or Vimeo
Length: 14 minutes

Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children – Parent Handout
Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

You can download this parent handout about smoke-free homes. 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.

Links and resources
 

Preconception and Prenatal Health

Early Child Development

Websites

Resource in Ojicree