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Calgary daycare to offer Indigenous-focused classroom

A Calgary daycare is one of six in the province that will now have Indigenous-focused programming.

Little Sundance Daycare’s program will now include traditional drumming, storytelling, and language lessons in Michif, Blackfoot and Cree.

Little Sundance is operated by Metis Calgary Family Services and has 56-spaces. About half of the students are part of the Indigenous community in Calgary.

Danielle Larivee, minister of Children’s Services, said reconciliation can’t happen without understanding, and Indigenous-focused daycares such as Little Sundance will help with that.

“For Métis and First Nations children, they create a sense of belonging and identity,” said Larivee in a prepared statement.

“For other children, they offer a formative experience that will open the door to lifelong conversations.”

Little Sundance Daycare falls under the banner of the province’s Early Learning Childcare Centres which offer $25-a-day daycare.

The other five daycares now offering indigenous-focused programming are in Edmonton, Slave Lake, Valleyview, Wetaskiwin, and Lethbridge.