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Supporting Security in Northern Communities

 Parent-Child Bonding for First Nations Familles


Infants who are made to feel safe grow up to have better psychological and physical health, develop strong social relationships, and become better parents. These children are also more likely to develop a positive cultural identity and curiosity about the world.


One consequence of residential schools is that too many Indigenous children were never parented and too few had the opportunity to learn parenting skills as adults. We are helping to develop the capacity of Indigenous communities to strengthen the experience of bonding, attachment and security between infant and parent.

We are working in partnership with Dr. Jean-Victor Wittenberg, Head of Infant Psychiatry, Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, reaching some of Canada’s most vulnerable children on reserves in Northern Ontario.



Photo courtesy of Health Canada


We are building capacity sustainably by:

  • Training local community health workers and facilitators in the theoretical and practical applications of infant security.
  • Training local leaders to organize and lead 12-week ‘Supporting Security’ groups for Aboriginal parents.
  • Developing improved child-rearing knowledge and tools for parents/caregivers.

We Are Making a Difference In Over Ten Indigenous communities

  • 39 community health workers and 199 parents and 281 children have participated in support groups
  • 250 other community members have been exposed to the principles of attachment theory and its implementation in caregiver-baby relationships and interactions


How You Can Help

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