Stories in this category are focused on Early Childhood Education and promote the development of cultural knowledge and language for young children, from birth to six years old and their families and caregivers, in a safe, supportive setting. Programs include Headstart, early years and family literacy, licensed child care, family resource, prenatal, Early On, and early years outreach. The goals of these programs include bonding, culture and language development, learning traditional crafts, cultural development, confidence, walking proudly in two words as they prepare to enter kindergarten, health, nutrition, and adapted programs through an Indigenous lens, focused on teaching parents and caregivers to use literacy as a way to connect with their children. Additional goals include speech and language support, teaching a foundational knowledge of Indigenous ways of knowing and being to Indigenous children and families, and outreach to schools and community partners.
Meeka is a well-known teacher of education, healing, and Inuit culture. She started teaching children in 1971, and moved onto adult education at Nunavut Arctic College for 18 years. Meeka believes that elder knowledge from experience is necessary have a foundation for living an Inuit life as our ancestor did. She hopes that healing and education from Inuit go a long way.