Studies have shown that about twice as many Aboriginal children live with a single parent—mainly their mothers—as non-Aboriginal children. At MQHS, we are constantly striving to break down the barriers these young parents and their families face so that they can focus their time and energy on being there for their children.
To’o, our 23-apartment complex in Mission, was planned specially with single-mothers in mind. The BC Housing-subsidized units were designed and constructed from a crime-prevention approach, to be accessible, family-centred and supportive of a multi-generational community with Elders living alongside these young families headed by single mothers. The community complements one another with the Elders providing a pivotal sense of stability to the families headed by single mothers.
Our St’at’xwaya is a community of 37 townhouses for families, with a particular focus on single-parent households.
Every Monday from 9am-4pm a health practitioner will be available for appointments onsite at To’o. She is available for Aboriginal individuals and families who are not connected to a local family doctor. To book an appointment with her, you will need to call 1-844-827-2473 and let them know that you look like to book an appointment with Theresa at the To’o site.
In addition, Theresa will be also on site at the Mission Friendship Centre (33150a 1st Avenue, Mission) on Fridays so if you are unable to book your appointment on Monday, you can call the same number above and book for a Friday at the Friendship Centre.
MQHS also runs an Aboriginal Head-Start Preschool program through Future 4 Nations. The program is committed to promoting spiritual, emotions, and physical growth in Aboriginal children ages 2.5 – 5 years old. The six driving components of the Aboriginal head Start program are: Culture and Language; Education; Health promotion; Nutrition; Social Support, and parental and Family involvement.
F4N provides children with positive experiences to encourage pride in themselves as Aboriginal children, supports and encourages each child to enjoy life-long learning, ensures children are provided healthy meals, ensures that families are aware of resources and services available in the community, empowers and supports families in living healthy lifestyles, and support’s the parents and family’s roles as the children’s primary teachers. Parents and family members are encouraged to become involved. Parents can join their Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) who plan fundraisers, share their gifts, and help with program Planning.
The program is funded through the Public health Agency of Canada and is free of cost for Aboriginal families.